I’m sure my fellow door enthusiasts understand that there are two photo opportunities at almost any event – the subject of the event, and the doors at, near and on the way to the event. I’ve read a lot of Thursday Doors posts, and I’ve seen doors in hospitals, churches, wedding venues, schools, sporting events, offices, museums and just about anything you can imagine.
So, it won’t surprise you that when our daughter and I attended the Great New England Airshow, we were on the lookout for doors. There were many to be seen, and a lot of them were found in an unusual place – inside a C-5 Galaxy.
Our boys in the research department (a.k.a. Wikipedia) have this to say about the C-5: The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest military aircraft in the world. It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, one that can carry outsize and oversize loads, including all air-certifiable cargo. The only active military cargo plane larger than the C-5 is the Russian Antonov An-124 (or one of its variants).
The C-5 is designed to move stuff. People, equipment, supplies, you name it, and one of the Westover C-5s has probably carried it. To give you an example, the Google says:
“The C-5 Galaxy routinely carries 73 troops (seating on flight deck level) and 36 standard 463L pallets (about 9’ x 7’). The aircraft is able to carry two M1 Abrams main battle tanks, or one Abrams tank plus two M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles, or six AH-64 Apache/Apache Longbow attack helicopters. Also, the C-5 is able to carry as many as 15 HMMWV (humvees).”
As you might expect, the plane is outfitted with all the equipment necessary to support cargo operations. There’s no time for: “run down to the hardware store and get me some rope” on these missions. Cubbies, built into the sides of the fuselage, store tie-downs and other load-management equipment.
As we were standing in line to go up onto the flight deck, I was taking pictures of some of this equipment, when I noticed a series of access doors.
You will find the C-5 access doors in the gallery, along with some of the more traditional doors found on the base, AND some of the largest doors in New England, the doors to the C-5’s maintenance hangar.
Thursday Doors is a weekly blogfest, hosted by aviation pioneer and door enthusiast, Norm “Wing-Walker” Frampton. If you want to join us on any given Thursday, load your cargo and fly your doors to Norm’s virtual airfield. After landing, taxi over to the hangar with the open doors. Check in with the Ramp Agent (blue frog) and follow his instructions for entrance to the gallery.