This trick on our brain is made possible by the angle from which the main pic of this piece was taken (click main photo to enlarge). It shows a Galaxy deployed with the 436th Airlift Wing as it takes off for a flight over New Jersey.
The plane’s home base is Dover AFB in Delaware, the American military’s largest aerial hub. And it has to be that, because the Galaxy, made by Lockheed Martin, is one mammoth of a machine.
Introduced back in the 1970s, the C-5 is one of the main means of intercontinental transport for American troops and hardware. To give you a sense of how massive the thing is, consider it has a wingspan of 222.8 feet (68 meters) and a total length of 247.8 feet (75.53 meters).
And it’s powerful, too. Weighing 380,000 lbs (172,365 kg) when empty, the plane can more than double its weight, being capable of taking off at 920,000 lbs (417,305 kg). So yeah, it’s a whale in some other ways too…
The C-5 family is presently in the middle of an overhauling process that turns each member into what’s known as C-5M Super Galaxy. Lockheed is replacing engines and avionics and hopes to extend the planes’ lives by at least three decades.