Photos by Phil Weston
The C-5M Galaxy has its nose open for visitors while the C-17
welcomes visitors as well at AeroShell Square's display of
Jesse Tucker takes a
picture of his wife Saedra with their two year old son, Tucker by
the C-5M Galaxy landing gear.
Jeremy Kleman checks
out the landing gear assembly of the C-5M Galaxy on AeroShell
August 1, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin -
Big. Huge. Gigantic. Humungous.
No matter how you say it, the word
"big" has taken on new meaning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.
The Airbus A380 may be gone from AeroShell Square, but plenty of big
planes have taken its place
Within two hours on Friday, AeroShell
Square volunteers were busy, getting out the Airbus A380 and getting in
the C-5M Super Galaxy, the C-17 Globemaster III, and the C-130 Hercules.
The Super Galaxy will leave at 6 p.m.
today, but throughout the day you can tour the transporter that is over
two stories tall - the top of the tail, in fact, is six stories tall - and
just 17 yards short of a football field.
You can also get an audio tour of the C5-M
Super Galaxy, with M standing for modernized, by calling 920-593-9050.
The C5 has been serving armed forces nearly
four decades, and the modernization ensures it will remain in service
through 2040. The C5-M is one of the largest airplanes, and its belly can
hold up to six buses, or an eight-lane bowling alley, or 25 million ping
pong balls. It has an 840,000-pound takeoff weight.
The C-17 Globemaster III is also designed
to fulfill airlift needs, carrying large combat equipment and troops or
items for humanitarian need. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 585,000
pounds and is 174 feet long and 55 feet 1 inch high.
The C-130 Hercules is the world's most
advanced tactical airlifter. It is nearly 113 feet long and 39 feet high,
with a wingspan of 132 feet and 7 inches. It has a maximum take-off weight
of 164,000 pounds.