L-500 Galaxy Visitors


The first Galaxy to visit Brisbane was C-5A 69-0022 (MSN 500-0053) which arrived from Pago Pago on 18 November 1984. By this time C-5s were wearing the European 1 camouflage scheme. The forecast heavy security presence did not materialise and airport staff were invited to inspect the aircraft with little or no supervision. The aircraft overnighted Brisbane before departing for Alice Springs on 19 November with several trucks destined for Pine Gap. As the aircraft was preparing to depart, one of the crew members rushed over to the compiler and thrust a copy of the loadsheet into his hand with the advice; "If we get off the ground throw it in the bin. If we don't, somebody will pick it up from you." Thankfully the aircraft did get off the ground and it is possible to record that its take-off weight was 527596 pounds. At this time Runway 04/22 was still in use and the aircraft was parked at the Temporary International Terminal at Boronia Road. (Brisbane did not see its first Antonov An-124 Ruslan until 13 January 1991.)


C-5A Galaxy 69-0022 (MSN 500-0053) arriving at Brisbane from Pago Pago on 18 November 1984. This was the first visit to Brisbane by a Galaxy.Picture: Ron Cuskelly (Y071)
C-5A Galaxy 69-0022 (MSN 500-0053) arriving at Brisbane from Pago Pago on 18 November 1984. This was the first visit to Brisbane by a Galaxy.Picture: Ron Cuskelly (Y071)
C-5A Galaxy 69-0022 (MSN 500-0053) arriving at Brisbane from Pago Pago on 18 November 1984. This was the first visit to Brisbane by a Galaxy. The aircraft is being marshalled by Qantas engineer David Freeman.Picture: Ron Cuskelly (Y071)
C-5A Galaxy 69-0020 (MSN 500-0051) at Perth on 20 December 1986. This was the first Galaxy to visit Perth. It arrived from Clark AFB in the Philippines with supplies for the US Navy battle group with the carrier USS Carl Vinson. Picture: Geoff Goodall
C-5A Galaxy 68-0222 (MSN 500-0025) at RAAF Richmond during the Bicentennial Air Show on 15 October 1988.Picture: Nigel Daw
C-5A Galaxy 70-0460 (MSN 500-0074) at Adelaide on 2 April 2001.Picture: Paul Daw
C-5B Galaxy 87-0028 (MSN 500-0114) at Avalon on 7 March 2009.Picture: Phil Vabre
C-5B Galaxy 87-0028 (MSN 500-0114) at Avalon on 7 March 2009.Picture: Phil Vabre
C-5B Galaxy 87-0028 (MSN 500-0114) at Avalon on 7 March 2009.Picture: Phil Vabre

 

 

Issue
Date
Remarks
2
31MAR20
Added images of 68-0222 and 70-0460 thanks to Nigel Daw.
1
28MAR20
Original issue.



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