Dover Air Force Base’s C-5M Super Galaxies are returning home now that a renovated runway is scheduled to reopen Sept. 23. The Delaware base’s north-south Runway 01-19 has been closed since February 2015 for an overhaul, and last spring, part of Runway 14-32 was also closed, leaving only 6,000 feet of length and limiting Dover’s ability to host its Super Galaxy fleet, according to a 436th Airlift Wing release. The aircraft still flew in and out of the Delaware base for maintenance, but could only land with a minimal weight. The fleet and contingent of airmen were temporarily moved to JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Once Runway 01-19 is opened, the all of runway 14-32 and several taxiways will ?remain closed for work. The entire $102 million project is expected to be finished next summer.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.