• Short Summary

    NEW DIMENSIONS IN MILITARY AIRLIFT, MEASURED IN HUNDREDS OF TONS INSTEAD OF POUNDS, START HERE AT CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • Description

    NEW DIMENSIONS IN MILITARY AIRLIFT, MEASURED IN HUNDREDS OF TONS INSTEAD OF POUNDS, START HERE AT CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

    THIS IS WHERE 437th MILITARY AIRLIFT WING PROFESSIONALS OPERATE THE WORLD'S LARGEST AIRPLANE -- THE LOCKHEED C-5 GALAXY.

    AND THIS ONE IS EN ROUTE TO JOIN OTHERS REGULARLY FLYING THE ATLANTIC OR THE PACIFIC TO U.S. BASES FAR FROM HOME. IT'S ONE OF TWELVE DELIVERED TO DATE TO THE 437th. A NOSE GEAR THAT STEERS THROUGH 60 DEGREES, AND CATERED REAR MAIN LANDING GEAR, HELP THE SKY GIANT TURN LIKE AIRPLANES HALF ITS SIZE.

    FOUR GENERAL ELECTRIC ENGINES PROVIDE A TOTAL TAKEOFF THRUST OF 164,000 POUNDS AS THE PILOT MOVES THROTTLES FORWARD. THE GALAXY BREAKS GROUND AFTER USING LESS THAN HALF THE RUNWAY.

    CLIMBING OVER THE HISTORIC CITY OF CHARLESTON, THE PILOT SETS COURSE FOR DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, DELAWARE.

    A CHECK OF INSTRUMENTS ON THE ROOMY FLIGHT DECK SHOWS ALL SYSTEMS OPERATING ON THE MONEY.

    COMING IN AT A SLOWER SPEED THAN COMMERCIAL JETLINERS, THE C-5 LANDS GENTLY AT DOVER, MARSHALLING POINT FOR MILITARY SUPPLIES GOING TO EUROPE OR, THROUGH ALASKA, HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO SOUTHEAST ASIA.

    CREWMEN CHECK IN AND FILE FLIGHT PLANS...

    WHILE SPECIALIST OF THE 436th AERIAL PORT SQUADRON LOAD PALLETS WITH VITALLY NEEDED SUPPLIES FOR OUR SERVICEMEN OVERSEAS. SPARE PARTS, JET ENGINES, AIRCRAFT TIRES, ARMY SUPPORT EQUIPMENT AWAIT.

    THE MILITARY AIRLIFT COMMAND C-5 CAN AIRLIFT UPWARDS TO 265,000 POUNDS OF CARGO...FOUR TIMES AS MUCH AS THAT OF THE LOCKHEED C-141.

    GENERAL JACK CATTON, MAC COMMANDER, SAYS..
    ..THE C-5 AND C-141 PROVIDE AMERICA WITH A NEW STRATEGIC MOBILITY THAT WILL MULTIPLY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EVERY MAN AND WEAPON. BECAUSE, IN ADDITION TO PALLETIZED CARGO, THE C-5 AIRLIFTS TRACKED VEHICLES, HEAVY WEAPONS, ARMOR... "THE GUTS OF OUR GROUND FIGHTING FORCES." THE C-5 IS A GREAT AIRLIFTER, CATTON SAYS.

    HIS SENTIMENTS ARE SHARED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL KELTON FARRIS, DOVER WING COMMANDER, WISHING THE CREW A HAPPY FLIGHT.

    LOADING OF VITAL MILITARY SUPPLIES IS COMPLETED.

    DAY OR NIGHT, C-5s DEPART FOR RHEIN-MAIN AIR BASE IN GERMANY, OR FOR ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA, EN ROUTE TO VIETNAM. THIS ONE WILL STOP AT ELMENDORF AND AT YOKOTA AIR BASE IN JAPAN. OTHERS FLY TO KADENA AIR BASE IN OKINAWA, THE PHILIPPINES, AND GUAM.

    C-5s FLY FROM BOTH COASTS OF AMERICA...TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA, AND CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, SOUTH CAROLINA, BY WAY OF DOVER. ONCE OVERSEAS, ONLY A FEW MINUTES ARE REQUIRED TO OFFLOAD PALLETIZED CARGO ONTO A NEW AIR TRANSPORTABLE DOCK.

    AS GENERAL CATTON SAYS, THIS GIVES AMERICA "RESPONSIVE AIRLIFT."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3DA5QWHJM54IMFKQPOFXN9OYU
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DA5QWHJM54IMFKQPOFXN9OYU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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