World Records in the Bag

The C-5M Super Galaxy can now claim 41 world records in addition to the US records acknowledged last fall by the National Aeronautic Association. The Federation Aeronautique International confirmed the world records Jan. 19, according to a Feb. 2 release from Dover AFB, Del., from which the C-5M flew for its record-breaking Sept. 13, 2009, flight. The Air Force just completed C-5M operational test and evaluation, including making its first Southwest Asia deployment. USAF plans to convert a total of 52 C-5s into the Super Galaxy model, adding new engines and avionics that officials expect to extend the mammoth airlifter’s service life for another 40 years. About the record flight, Maj. Cory Bulris, aircraft commander, said, “In the process of setting these records, the crew was able to demonstrate the new aircraft’s ability to escape the threat environment quickly and effectively.” (Dover report by 2nd Lt. Adam Gregory)