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Last C-5A Galaxy departs San Antonio

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Remember going to look at one of these stuck in Athens in the early '70s. The story was that they'd had to work on some part of the hydraulics, drain, flush etc, and the thing took so much hydraulic fluid they were flying bits in from around Europe. Well, that was the story.....

 

And we watched the wings flex up on the takeoff run....a common enough sight now but certainly not then.

 

 

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A great old workhorse.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember the C-5 was the first production aircraft to operate turbofans.

 

Cheers, Willie.

 

 

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Not the first turbofans, but the first production high bypass turbofans - the General Electric TF39.

 

The B747-100 followed shortly after powered by the Pratt & Whitney JT9D.

 

Both these new high bypass designs were actually developed concurrently for the C5A program but General Electric won the USAF contract. P&W then won the Boeing contract.

 

 

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