CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The eighth and final C-5M Super Galaxy returned to Westover Air Reserve Base Thursday afternoon, wrapping up a modernization effort of its entire fleet of C-5s.
Major General Randall Ogden, commander of the 4th Air Force, flew the aircraft to Westover to mark the historic moment. Westover’s 439th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Scott Durham was on the flight line to welcome the general and the wing’s newest aircraft.
Each of Westover’s C-5Bs were sent down to Lockheed Martin in Georgia for upgrades over the last two years. The older ‘A’ models were retired and sent to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.
The ‘M’ models feature newer and quieter engines, which provide 22 percent more thrust, and are about 20 percent more fuel efficient, according to Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, of Westover public affairs.
“We would get phone calls sying they’re so noisy when we got those calls we were polite, that was all we could do with those calls,” said Mayor Kos.
The mayor told 22News he hasn’t received a single noise complaint since the the C-5M’s took to the skies in 2017.
Tech Sgt. Michael Teuxera, who services these giants of the sky explained what’s happened.
“They’re far more efficient,” said Tech Sgt. Teuxera. “They’re quieter, there’s a new engine design that just deadens the sound.”
The reconstituted Westover fleet of C-5M cargo carriers will ensure years of quieter skies over western Massachusetts.
They’re expected to be the state of the art at least until the year 2040
The base’s first C-5M arrived in June of 2017.
Airmen with the 439th Airlift Wing have been flying C-5s since 1987.
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