The first production C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft has made its maiden flight, Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday. The aircraft took to the skies Sunday from Lockheed’s facility in Marietta, Ga. The company anticipates delivering this aircraft to the Air Force on Sept. 30, after which it is scheduled to assume duty in November at Dover AFB, Del., home to the three C-5Ms already in the fleet. This new C-5M is the first airframe to receive the new engines and reliability enhancements that characterize the Super Galaxy configuration on Lockheed’s production line. The previous three C-5Ms were modified when Lockheed was still developing the production line. Gen. Raymond Johns, head of Air Mobility Command, last week had high praise for the C-5M model, calling its performance to date “phenomenal” and “magnificent.” (See also Nearing a Super Milestone from the Daily Report archives.)
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."