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  •  Did Lockheed ever build a passenger version of (3+ / 0-)

    the C-5? How many people would that have held?

    •  No (2+ / 0-)
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      and ???

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      by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 09:43:30 PM PDT

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    •  Lockheed Planned for a Civilian Version (3+ / 0-)
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      The L-500 was to be the civilian model and was planned as both passenger and cargo versions. The passenger version could seat approximately 1,000, presumably on two decks.

      The existing C-5 can seat 75 persons on an upper deck behind the cockpit and above the cargo deck. The cargo deck can be configured as a troop carrier, but I don't know the capacity.

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      by midnight lurker on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 06:38:11 AM PDT

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      •  Yes but (7+ / 0-)

        it would actually have had to fly on occasion.

        C-5s have been notoriously unreliable since day 1. Not sure why. Lockheed usually built a great aircraft. I've never heard a bad thing about their C-141.

        We used to day if you saw 4 C-5s and 3 of them were up on jacks it meant they'd run out of jacks.

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 09:21:41 AM PDT

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        •  The C-5A's Biggest Shortcomings (4+ / 0-)

          I think the original engines and wing were not up to the job. The b-i-i-i-g hanger at Kelly AFB that was originally built for B-52 depot-level maintenance was given over, in turn, to the C-5.

          Some people may not be aware that there is a ladder inside the vertical fin that allows you to stick your head out through a hatch at the top of the tail stinger. Impressive view (but not possible in flight.)  ;-)

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          by midnight lurker on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 09:46:25 AM PDT

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        •  It was very common (2+ / 0-)
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          to see a C-141, or two, bringing parts to a C-5 before it could leave where ever it landed in the '70s. The maintenance hours per flight hour were astronomically high. The whale is the Everready bunny that just keeps going day in and day out.

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          by VTCC73 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 10:56:21 AM PDT

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