National Geographic : 1969 Feb
y C LARGEST AIRCRAFT IN THE WORLD, the C-5 Galaxy takes to the air for tests, fired by four jet engines blasting 164,000 pounds of thrust. Built by the Lockheed Georgia Company at suburban 11Iarietta, the sky filling cargo plane --- 246 feet long with a 223 foot wingspan - would nearly cover a football held. Its cavernous hold can carry two helicopters, two tanks, and assorted trucks and trailers; their crews ride in. an upstairs passenger compartment that seats 75. Twenty-eight wheels enable the 3G4-ton beh ernoth to take off front anunpaved surface; with a 100,000-pound payload, the craft can, fly 6,330 miles nonstop. Plans call for delivery to the Air Force in June and production of a cornrnercialfreighaer version by 1972. KODACHROME SY QEAN CONGER OC NATIONAL, GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 25% r'rir #ia a. MIt~ .. JIB. mow.