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Originally posted by Murcielago
I think its cool how the C-5's entire cockpit detatches for cargo loading. *I Kid, I Kid*:
Fuel Capacity - The C-5 Galaxy has 12 integral wing tanks with a capacity of 51,450 gallons (332,500 pounds) of fuel — enough to fill more than six standard railroad tankers!
“We got our most qualified crews together for this unique mission,” said Lt. Col. Scott Campbell, 3rd Airlift Squadron commander and ferry flight mission commander. “We just happened to have a Special Operations Low Level II crew available. We wanted to make sure the crew had some experience leaving with only three engines.”
While the ferry mission aircrew came from Dover AFB, the aircraft itself is assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Special Operations Low Level II aircrews receive additional training above and beyond the normal C-5 crews in order to meet the unusual and rigorous demands of flying special operations missions.
To prepare for the ferry mission, the hand-picked Dover crew spent two hours in the C-5 flight simulator practicing various flight scenarios they could expect to face while flying with only three engines, according to Colonel Campbell. Flight simulators are an integral part of normal everyday aircrew proficiency training. In contingencies such as this, simulators can be used to train crews to face the specific hazards they may face on dangerous or unique missions.
When the aircraft was determined flight ready, final preparations for the ferry mission kicked into high gear. Capt. Joey Greene, a weapons and tactics officer from Dover AFB on temporary duty at the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, had the principal duty of designing a plan that would assist taking the crew through harms way. The CAOC is the principal center for coordinating the use of all coalition air power in the Middle East region.
Captain Greene worked with Army and Air Force planners to ensure a safe air corridor for the damaged jet. Coordinating with the Army’s Battlefield Coordination Detachment at the CAOC, Captain Greene arranged for coalition ground soldiers and helicopters to secure the area along the aircraft’s flight path. Additional coordination brought in fighter air escorts to provide air cover during the critical takeoff phase.