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#4489191 - 09/12/19 12:53 AM Love it our here. Seen a huge plane  
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Was stuck in traffic driving my wife home home from Walmart. In between Fairchild AFB and KGEG .

Wife mentioned something about a plane that does not look like its moving. Well traffic comes to a stop.
I get time to look and it WOW. The new updated C-5 was in pattern for the AFB and flew right along side us.
#%&*$# they are big. Never did grab my phone for a photo since traffic started moving again.


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#4489194 - 09/12/19 02:03 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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I've only seen a couple I think from a distance and even then it looks like they are just lumbering along at an impossible slow speed for the size. I'm glad you all are enjoying your new home Jim.

#4489196 - 09/12/19 02:27 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: Coot]  
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Thanks, was my first time seeing one airborne, and it was Awesome. Seen one static display at Air venture 1974. Prototype.


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#4489200 - 09/12/19 02:56 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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When the U.S. invaded Panama in 1989 I was driving an 18 wheeler long-haul. At the time I was making regular trips through San Antonio. At night there was a continual stream of C-5s landing and taking off from Randolph Field. Sometimes you could count as many as five aircraft in the landing pattern and five out-bound. It amazed me how slow those huge planes looked as they came in on final. It didn't seem possible they could stay airborne. I guess it's a trick of the eyes due to the size of the plane and it being farther away than you think it is.


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#4489201 - 09/12/19 02:56 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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I once had quite an experience with a C-5, and I'm guessing it was an "A"...

I was driving a work van on HWY 101 northbound right next to Moffett Field (California), this was 1995 or 1996...

I was on the CB (#%&*$# that sounds old now) and had to interrupt my dispatcher because of this incredibly loud noise. I thought it was some big rig with massive engine upgrades or something...

It was a C-5 on a WAY low approach and the engines had to be cranked...

That airplane came in so low I ducked my head into the steering wheel in fear of an impact, and it blew every car on that freeway a half lane to the right with it's downdraft from the wings...

Wing downdraft. Not jet engine thrust. No car on that freeway felt any of that, it was just pure "wake"...

It was an extremely impressive display of just how much POWER is involved with something like that. You don't get that at any airshow, that I know of...

#4489204 - 09/12/19 03:01 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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From what I have heard, Fairchild AFB is hosting an international re-fueling coop. Airforces from around the world are flying in for it. Facebook is lit up over it.

https://www.fairchild.af.mil/

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#4489219 - 09/12/19 08:45 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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I remember seeing one at an airshow and the crew had climbed up through the tail and exited out on to the top of the T tail there were 5 or 6 guys standing up there watching the show, I had seen the first head appearing up out of the tail and stopped to watch what was happening, man it is a big aircraft!


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#4489228 - 09/12/19 01:10 PM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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When I was in Poland last month, we saw an Antanov come in for a landing and the next day watched one take off. THOSE things were friggin HUGE! I don't know how they can stay in the sky!

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In the early '90's my old man and i went and watched an Antonov take off from Darwin airport, talk about craaaaaawl along the runway. Big planes are cool, in a lumbering sort of way.


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#4489239 - 09/12/19 02:50 PM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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Flew to Ramstein AFB in Germany from Dover. Delaware in a C-5 in 1975 for Reforger.

Big bird.


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#4489352 - 09/13/19 02:39 PM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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I flew one from California to the Middle East. Took about 5 or 6 days. They're big and it fit an entire HMLA squadron and then some, but man are they slow. We were the first plane to leave the West coast that day, and the last to arrive on the East Coast.
And it broke down, a lot.
Spent about 18 hours on the East Coast waiting on repairs. Crawled across the Atlantic and spent another 3 days and 4 failed take offs in Spain.

While the main floor is a giant cavern that's larger than many buildings, that small top floor they stick passengers is tiny with the most uncomfortable and cramped seats I've seen on any aircraft. You can't even fit in it, much less your bag. Give me a C130 with webbed seats any day of the week.
Hell, I'll take a cramped 7 ton truck ride, off road, through the desert heat and dust over another C5 flight.

On the final take off attempt in Spain we were told by the crew that we're pressing on despite any problems and if they needed to land again we wouldn't circle around again, but press on to Italy. We got excited and thought we'd get to see Italy. It made it that whole leg from Spain to the ME though. There was much disappointment.

A C-17 on the other hand, that's luxury flying and they're fast as hell.

#4489539 - 09/15/19 02:39 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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I'd seen a couple at static displays, but the first time I TRULY got the feel for their size was years later. I was leaving Perris drop zone. As I was approaching March AFB I saw a C-141 sitting on the tarmac while another 141 was taxiing considerably farther away. Then the taxiing plane crossed between me and the one parked and I realized that the parked one was actually a Galaxy. It was literally like seeing a 3/4 size aircraft next to its full size counterpart.


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When I was stationed at Ft Bragg from 87-89 our barracks were the wooden WW2 ones in “Old Division,” maybe 1/2 mile or so from the runway at Pope AFB. All hours of the day and night we had C130s and C141s going overhead, very few C5s because they apparently can’t fly very well at normal drop speed and the 82d didn’t have any equipment a C141 couldn’t handle. But when one did, it was so big compared to a C141 and appeared to be so low that it looked like the still-retracting landing gear would hit the barracks roof.

And that’s a big roger on the comfort level of the passenger seating, we had an EDRE (Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise) one time and my platoon was the one that had the honor of prepping our tracks for air transport, carrying sheets of plywood from the back to the front of the track the whole way across the ramp to prevent damage to the ramp, and then dealing with a very particular loadmaster. We flew around for a few hours then landed back at Pope to simulate our destination, and went through the same procedure in reverse. I would have rather sat in the track with the other 2 men of the crew and all our gear than sit in those seats again, and it had less room than a full-size pickup.


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#4489555 - 09/15/19 06:00 AM Re: Love it our here. Seen a huge plane [Re: JimK]  
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Thank You All for Your contributions to the C-5 Story. Never seen one fly before.


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Deep rumble in the sky...all the village (those not at work!) turned out to watch a B2 sailing serenely overhead. Rare sight in this part of England.
Loud bugger it be.


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I'd love to see the BUFF. Its anything but ugly. I got to see two B-1 bombers at an airshow in the mid-late 90s.

Speaking of the B-52, I just love those old planes like that from the 1950s that are still being used. They remind me of old horses that still have their use and can still do their job better than most.


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