STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, N.Y. (09/29/2010)(readMedia)-- The U.S. Air Force's first production C-5M Super Galaxy, a modernized version of the legacy C-5A airlifters flown by the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing here, arrives Thursday September 30 at 4 p.m.
The aircraft will undergo final reconditioning inside and out by members of the 105th Maintenance Group and other supporting organizations.
The C-5M Super Galaxy is the result of a two-phase modernization effort: the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP).
Members of the media are invited to attend the arrival of the aircraft and 105th Airlift Wing leadership will be available for comment.
Rollout of the completed aircraft is expected on the first weekend of November.
The C-5 modernization program provides greatly improved reliability, efficiency, maintainability and availability - reducing total ownership and operating costs of the heavy strategic lift aircraft for the U.S. Air Force - and ensures this critical national strategic airlift resource continues serving the warfighter out to 2040, according to Lockheed Martin, the aircraft manufacturer.
The C-5M Strategic Airlifter, a National Asset, has re-set records for distance, time, speed as well as cargo capacity, improved reliability with reduced fuel consumption.
For further details on the C-5M: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/products/c5/
For access to the secure Air National Guard facility, please call the 105th Air Wing Public Affairs office at 845-563-2031 prior to 3 p.m.