Airmen at Dover AFB, Del., welcomed the 18th and final upgraded C-5M Super Galaxy home on April 2, reported Delaware’s News Journal. This aircraft, serial No. 87-0040, completes the base’s C-5 fleet makeover, states the article. “We are very excited to receive our final C-5M Super Galaxy,” said Col. Rick Moore, commander of the 436th Airlift Wing. “Completing our fleet marks a significant milestone for team Dover and for the C-5M program.” Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, was expected to present the aircraft key to SrA. Bradley Harris, crew chief of the 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. The upgraded C-5s have “all-digital flight controls, … navigation systems, and more efficient and powerful engines,” states C-5 manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
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.