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Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Fun Facts
  • The interior and exterior paint on the C-5 weighs 2,600 pounds.

  • The distance of the first flight by the Wright brothers was less than the length of the C-5 cargo floor.

  • The cargo compartment of the C-5 will hold 100 model 113 (Beetle) Volkswagens, 106 Vegas, 90 Ramblers, 58 Cadillacs, or 6 standard Greyhound buses.

  • More than 100 miles of wiring are required to functionally operate all C-5 aircraft systems.

  • The C-5 carries enough fuel for the average American car to make 130 round trips between New York and Los Angeles, or 31 trips around the world.

  • Each C-5 engine gulps approximately 42 tons of air per minute.

  • The cargo compartment of the C-5 is large enough to hold an eight-lane bowling alley.

  • The total engine power of a C-5 equals that produced by 800 average cars.

  • Each C-5 tire wears down approximately 0.002 inches per landing.

  • Each C-5 wheel brake wears down approximately 0.0005 inches per landing.

  • The C-5 contains over five miles of control cables.

  • The C-5 can carry 25,844,746 ping pong balls.

  • The C-5 can carry 328,301,674 aspirin tablets.

  • The C-5 can carry 3,222,857 tortillas.

  • Each wing of the C-5 weighs over 40,000, which is equivalent to the weight of a C-130, minus engines.

  • Each C-5 contains over four miles of tubing.

  • The C-5 can haul 3,934 bushels of wheat.

  • The C-5 cargo area is able to carry more automobiles than 13 transport trucks, or two "car-carrying" freight cars.

  • Each C-5 engine nacelle is 1 ½ times the length of a Cadillac, large enough to garage a Mustang.

  • Fuel capacity of the C-5, 49,000 gallons, would empty 6 ½ rail tank cars.

  • Also, its fuel capacity is equal to the volume of an average five-room house.

  • Tires on the C-5, (24 on the main landing gear, 4 on the nose landing gear), weigh 4,214 pounds.

  • A full C-5 load of first class mail, (at one ounce per letter/37 cents per letter) would require $1,391,200 in postage.

  • The environmental control systems of the C-5 has a total cooling capacity of 24 tons; enough to air condition eight average sized homes.

  • Fuel weight of the C-5 is about equal to the maximum gross weight of the C-141A model.

  • If all the exposed surfaces of the C-5, which is computed to be 33,526.6 square feet, were covered in ice of uniform 1/16" thickness, it would weigh 9,778.6 pounds.

  • Christopher Columbus' entire three ship crew of 90 could have ridden comfortably in the upper deck of the C-5, leaving the whole cargo compartment for horses, chickens, goats, and trinkets for the Indians.

  • Theoretically, the C-5 can hold 2,419,558 golf balls, provided they are not in containers or otherwise restrained.

  • There are approximately 1,658,800 fasteners in the C-5 aircraft. They are located as follows: wings-411,900; fuselage-1,182,000; empennage-64,900.

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