The National Aeronautic Association has confirmed the records claimed by a C-5M Super Galaxy during a Sept. 13 flight out of Dover AFB, Del., NAA told Air Mobility Command and Lockheed Martin in an e-mail, according to a Nov. 12 AMC release. “I am pleased to announce that all 41 of the records claimed … have been approved as US records.” Among the records broken was one formerly held by a Russian Tu-160 and seven were held by the USAF C-17. The Federation Aeronautique International still must certify the records as world records. The C-5M, with the full C-5 upgrade package including avionics and re-enginging and reliability enhancements, entered operational test and evaluation in October.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.