C-5M Crew Claims Aviation Records

Airmen assigned to Travis AFB, Calif., claimed to have set 45 aeronautical records last week during the flight of a C-5M transport loaded with cargo, according to a base release. The eight-person aircrew for the April 3 flight included members of Travis’ Active Duty 22nd Airlift Squadron and Air Force Reserve Command’s 312th AS, states the release. The records they’ve claimed are in the Class C-1.T jet category for altitude in horizontal flight, altitude with payload, time-to-climb, time-to-climb with payload, and greatest payload to 9,000 meters, states the release. “We took on approximately 265,000 pounds of cargo and our goal was to climb as fast as we could at 3,000, 6,000, and 9,000 meters,” said Maj. Jon Flowers, pilot for the flight. “We got up to an altitude of approximately 37,000 feet before we ran out of performance,” he said. The National Aeronautic Association and Federation Aeronautique Internationale must certify any national and international records, respectively, according to a separate Travis release. If certified, the marks set on April 3 would give the C-5M a total of 86 aeronautical records, surpassing the B-1B bomber, which has 83, said Travis officials.