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C-5M Super Galaxy Passes Operational Test And Evaluation

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics : 12 March, 2010  (New Product)
Air Force testing of heavy cargo aircraft from Lockheed Martin results in declaration of suitability for flying USAF operational missions
The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Centre has rated the C-5M as 'effective, suitable and mission capable' based on results from OT&E testing completed in January 2010.

The OT&E phase spanned four months, evaluating various performance aspects to validate the capability and reliability of the C-5M. These positive test results enable the Super Galaxy to continue to support critical missions flown in support of world-wide operational contingencies.

'The C-5M test was a resounding success because of teamwork between the test team, the user, the contractor and the program office,' said Col John Scorsone, Director of Test and Evaluation for Air Mobility Command. 'The integrated test team will now transition to an integrated fielding team which will build on past relationships to help this program achieve even more record-breaking results.'

In addition to setting 42 world records last year, the C-5Ms delivered needed cargo to troops during OT&E and continue to perform combat support missions today. Performance during OT&E proved the modernized A and B models of the C-5 are redefining strategic airlift for the military and will be a force multiplier for decades to come.

Payload and range improvements in the C-5M enable a fully loaded aircraft to fly without re-fuelling for more than 5,000 miles and bypass traditional en route stops. This not only saves thousands of gallons of fuel, but decreases the amount of time needed to get precious cargo to the destination.

'The C-5M is a game-changer and we are excited about the world record-breaking capabilities it provides those protecting freedom across the globe,' said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin C-5 program vice president. 'We greatly appreciate the dedication and exceptional work of the Air Force active and reserve crews flying and maintaining the C-5M during OT&E.'

Current USAF plans call for 52 fully-modernized C-5Ms by 2016 with the next delivery scheduled for September 2010 to Dover Air Force Base.
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