Galaxy opens for cargo companies, who could use it?

  • David Harris
  • October 6, 2010
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Galaxy opens for cargo companies
THE US Air Force and manufacturer Lockheed Martin have opened discussions with a number of cargo airlines concerning the possible
placement of retiring military C-5A Galaxies into the US Civil Reserve
Air Fleet, said Mark Johnston, company director of government air
mobility programs.
The aircraft would normally be mothballed at the government’s AMARC
facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in New Mexico. “We just think
there’s a better plan for them than to put them in AMARC,” said
Johnston added that the USAF plans to retire 22 C-5As have plenty of
life left and that there was “nothing wrong with them”.
Johnston believes that there is great potential, considering the lack of
options and capacity in the large ramp-loading freighter sector. He
added that interested companies could upgrade the aircraft’s engines and
avionics to provide greater reliability and performance as well as
driving down operational costs.

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