Another phase in testing the Air Force C-5 Galaxy, world's largest airplane, took place June 30 when 73 paratroopers leaped from the giant aircraft during a test exercise at Ft.
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Background: Another phase in testing the Air Force C-5 Galaxy, world's largest airplane, took place June 30 when 73 paratroopers leaped from the giant aircraft during a test exercise at Ft. Bragg.
It was the first mass jump from the giant aircraft and marked the beginning of the final phase of testing in the C-5 Transport-Airdrop-Jettison test program being conducted at Ft. Bragg/Pope Air Force Base by Army, Air Force, and Lockheed-Georgia Company test teams.
The jumps climaxed two months of preliminary testing with live paratroopers which began April 29 with a three-man jump. As testing progressed, the number of men dropped during each flight increased until it reached 40 personnel. Today's test marked the final goal--a 73-man drop.
This will be repeated several times with C-5 testing scheduled to end in late August or early September.
Today's jumps were executed with the C-5 flying at an altitude of 2,000 feet and an airspeed of 130 knots.
On the first pass over the drop zone, two dummies were dropped to determine wind and turbulence factors. The 73 paratroopers jumped on the second pass, 36 from the left door and 37 from the right.
When each of the paratroopers were safely on the drop zone, the C-5 passed overhead for the third time and a D-5 Army Tractor weighing 26,000 pounds was dropped.
A 22,150 pound Armored Personnel Carrier was dropped from the aircraft on its fourth trip over the drop zone. The load floated gently to the ground under six giant cargo parachutes. The aircraft then made its final pass, dropping weighted test platform weighing 30,000 pounds.