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Old 12-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #2326
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:56 PM   #2327
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"..and I ate his little C-130, with some fava beans and a nice chianti."

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Old 12-08-2011, 06:56 PM   #2328
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You have an office?

How do the trucks like the cold weather?

Ours wouldnt start the other morning.
Ours stay nice and cozy in the heated bays and plugged. Yours should be good to go as long as they keep them plugged in to keep the batteries up and blocks warm. We've never had any issues with the cold temps.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:09 PM   #2329
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Ours stay nice and cozy in the heated bays and plugged. Yours should be good to go as long as they keep them plugged in to keep the batteries up and blocks warm. We've never had any issues with the cold temps.
It's always plugged in (usually trip on the cord since they park it infront of the hazmat container ), but they were having trouble getting it started yesterday. Charge sounded low according to the starter.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:12 PM   #2330
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Amazing payload!

Here is a picture of not one but two M1A2's in the cargo compartment of the C-5M SuperGalaxy. The C-5A and C-5B could do this, but not very easily. The SuperGalaxy can, and can deliver this payload anyhwere it needs to go. The lighting system inside the cargo compartment is a far cry from the incandescent system we have on the A/B's.

Just...freaking...awesome! (As a side note, that is the cleanest C-5 and the cleanest tanks I've ever seen)

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:25 PM   #2331
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Here is a picture of not one but two M1A2's in the cargo compartment of the C-5M SuperGalaxy. The C-5A and C-5B could do this, but not very easily. The SuperGalaxy can, and can deliver this payload anyhwere it needs to go. The lighting system inside the cargo compartment is a far cry from the incandescent system we have on the A/B's.

Just...freaking...awesome! (As a side note, that is the cleanest C-5 and the cleanest tanks I've ever seen)

OMG!!!! Now that's a can of whoop ass to open up.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:49 PM   #2332
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As a side note, that is the cleanest C-5 and the cleanest tanks I've ever seen
That might have been from the load certification test flight given the civilians standing around.

The Air Force is very picky about cleanliness when they give Army hardware a ride. When we had QRF, we would have to get the tanks spotless and wrap all the tools in sandbags to prevent metal on metal contact (sparks?), and then we had to clean them again before parking them on the ramp.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:53 PM   #2333
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:32 AM   #2334
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:44 AM   #2335
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Here is a picture of not one but two M1A2's in the cargo compartment of the C-5M SuperGalaxy. The C-5A and C-5B could do this, but not very easily. The SuperGalaxy can, and can deliver this payload anyhwere it needs to go. The lighting system inside the cargo compartment is a far cry from the incandescent system we have on the A/B's.

Just...freaking...awesome! (As a side note, that is the cleanest C-5 and the cleanest tanks I've ever seen)
Am I the only one who just cant get my head around how in the world any aircraft can lift and carry THAT MUCH weight? I look at the wings, I look at the engines and it just doesnt add up. I mean even that damn cargo door looks like it weighs more than a fucking Chevy Suburban! I am convinced it's all done with smoke and mirrors and secret anti gravity machines or something!
Simply amazing.






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Old 12-11-2011, 11:05 AM   #2336
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This happened a few years ago when a summer storm rolled thru before we could get the birds tied down. Expen$ive weather system.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:40 PM   #2337
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Buffable........you'll find the elbow grease just before the spit & polish, second shelf on the right.
Yeah but how you going to smooth the kinks out of the rotor? I reckon the boss will notice that.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #2338
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Am I the only one who just cant get my head around how in the world any aircraft can lift and carry THAT MUCH weight? I look at the wings, I look at the engines and it just doesnt add up. I mean even that damn cargo door looks like it weighs more than a fucking Chevy Suburban! I am convinced it's all done with smoke and mirrors and secret anti gravity machines or something!
Simply amazing.

It is pretty amazing. If I recall correctly, the M1 tank is the heaviest vehicle in the Army's inventory. Maybe something like 80 tons. Even heavier than the M60 it replaced.

When I was doing the 747 thing we used to top out at about 830,000 lbs, which included about 330,000 lbs of fuel. That was amazing to me, the better part of a million lbs and still flyable. And the C-5 is even heavier (much heavier I think).
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:25 PM   #2339
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That might have been from the load certification test flight given the civilians standing around.

The Air Force is very picky about cleanliness when they give Army hardware a ride.
That was the load certification for the C-5M. The main reason such a fuss is made over the cleanliness of vehicles is mostly, believe it or not, a function of agricultural requirements to reduce and restrict the spread of cryptosporidium type organisms, like anthrax..not the stuff they gas you with, the "hoof and mouth" version..from one country to another, or even one part of a country to another part. Serious business.

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It is pretty amazing. If I recall correctly, the M1 tank is the heaviest vehicle in the Army's inventory. Maybe something like 80 tons. Even heavier than the M60 it replaced.

When I was doing the 747 thing we used to top out at about 830,000 lbs, which included about 330,000 lbs of fuel. That was amazing to me, the better part of a million lbs and still flyable. And the C-5 is even heavier (much heavier I think).
Prepped for standard airshipment, the M1A2 is set up to about 134,000 lbs. Combat loaded it reaches about 166,000 lbs. We airlifted one of several at that weight from Hunter AAF direct to Mogidishu, Somalia shortly after the whole "Blackhawk Down" incident. 18.5 hours enroute with three air-refuelings...two of those at night. The M-1's have received some upgrades since that time, so the combat loadout weight is probably a bit higher now.

The current Max. T/O Weight stands at 840,000 lbs, certified up to 920,000 or so. It has been tested up to a 1 million lbs gross take off weight. The c-5M set 44 world records in the "time to climb vs. payload weight" area in a single flight.


Oh, and that forward door (called a "visor")? It weighs about 2 tons.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:50 PM   #2340
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Sorry I can't embed this one, but if you've ever thought of the C-130 as "just a cargo plane," this might change your mind

http://www.patricksaviation.com/videos/cpasley/5495/

At least I can embed this one:



The pilot of the plane in this vid goes by his former Navy callsign of "Lex" and is one of my favorite bloggers (click here for his blog) Lex has been a TOPGUN instructor, has commanded a strike fighter squadron, and did the corporate thing after he retired. After a couple of years, he decided he'd like to fly jets again and took an offer from ATAC to fly KFIRs as adversary aircraft.

Looks like great work if you can get it
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