The first Air Force C-5 transport aircraft upgraded to the new C-5M Super Galaxy configuration on Lockheed Martin's production line in Martietta, Ga., took to the skies for the first time on Sept. 19, 2010. The company expects to deliver this aircraft, shown here lifting off from Marietta, to the Air Force on Sept. 30, 2010. It will be the fourth C-5M in the fleet. Lockheed converted the first three C-5s before the production line was established. Overall Lockheed is modifying 52 earlier model C-5s to the new configuration. Super Galaxy aircraft feature new engines and reliability enhancements as well as state-of-the-art avionics.
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