Sunday, September 13, 2009

C-5M to go for world flight records at Dover

C-5M to go for world flight records at Dover: "It could be a record-breaking day Sunday in the skies over Dover Air Force Base, Del.A C-5M Super Galaxy will attempt to set or break 33 world records in a single flight taking off from the base, a Dover release said.The attempt will include altitude, payload and time-to-climb records. For example, with a payload of 80,000 kilograms — about 177,000 pounds — the C-5M will climb higher than 10,000 meters. If successful, the records will ‘trickle down’ to lighter payloads and lower altitudes.A National Aeronautic Association official will be on board to document the world record attempt.The C-5M is an upgraded version of the venerable C-5. The M-model flies with more powerful engines, enabling the transport, the service’s largest jet, to climb faster and fly higher with heavier payloads.Dozens of other improvements and a digital cockpit are predicted to raise the jet’s reliability levels."

(Via Air Force Times - News.)

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