Big Doors – Little Doors – #ThursdayDoors

C-5 Maintenance hangar doors.

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.

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    1. Thanks Mike. The C-5 has long been a favorite of mine. I actual built a model C-5 that is hanging over my dresser. I wasn’t planning this, but standing in that line put me face to face with all those little doors.


    1. Thanks Norm. I’m trying to imagine, if were the enemy, and saw one of those landing and then six Apache helicopters are rolled out. On a brighter note, they have also been used to carry tons of relief supplies to areas after storms and other natural disasters.

      We’ve been to this show many times, it’s always a fun day.


    1. I always stop and wonder how they fly. Also, at the airshow, they fly by in a demonstration pass and they make a fairly sharp turn – I don’t know how they stay airborne.

      I realized that I had to include people for scale, to show how big these things are.

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  1. “heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability”–doesn’t that phrase just roll off the tongue? Love it! The little doors fascinated me (you should have pulled it!). Question: did you always have a copyright on your photos? How do you do that? In case, you know, someone wants to steal my photos of cats…hahahah!

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    1. I was soooooo tempted to pull that. But, you know, heavily armed people…

      I have not always had a copyright. I finally figured out how to add it in Lightroom. I use that, so I can do the editing and then create a group of lower resolution photos for the blog. Most software will let you add a Watermark (that’s the phrase you want to look for) and there are even online sites that will let you do it (some free) without installing any software.

      I didn’t get to see this one until after I created the images, and I don’t like the placement. I’ll be trying again on Saturday.

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  2. Wow!! I knew these cargo planes were huge and obviously their hangars would have to be as well, but your great photos really put them in perspective. Ginormous doesn’t even describe them. Whether they are carrying troops and equipment to defeat the enemy or carrying needed supplies to a disaster area, these giant beasts are beauties!! Wonder what the Wright Brothers would think of them!!

    Great post. Loved seeing the contrast in the door sizes.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    1. Thanks Ginger. It’s so hard to comprehend how big they are. Every now and then, they put one on the tarmac with a tour bus in it, and a sign that says “we could carry six of these.” The bus looks like a toy inside the plane!

      I wish they were only used for humanitarian efforts, but it’s good to know that they are available, and the crews and staff at the base seem like the best people ever. Totally comforted by their presence.


  3. Wow! I never knew Norm did wing walking!! What a guy! It’s mind-boggling to thing of two enormous tanks being carried in a plane. Looks like a great time and yes, there are always doors besides everything else, although when I walk in the park, maybe not. :-) Happy Thursday.


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    1. Thanks Janet. Norm has a host of talents we don’t know about (many, I’m sure that he doesn’t know about). It is mind-boggling to think that these things can fly, let alone fly with all that stuff inside.

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  4. Hi Dan – another great collection … and it’s amazing what can be squeezed into tiny places making hidey holes for hobby items, or essentials as here – 4+ hours at 90 deg C … you must both be mad or passionate about your doors and the Airshow! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. We love this airshow. I went once in a walking cast. It gets hot on the tarmac, but we stayed hydrated. I wasn’t expecting to get enough doors for a post, but those little ones really caught my eye.


    1. They don’t. However, the 73 seats they refer to are on the level with the flight deck, and they appear to have more legroom than most commercial airlines are offering. I’m sure here are times people are jut stowed like cargo, but apparently, not always.


  5. Some truly astonishing feat of engineering, the C-5 Galaxy. I see such machines and marvel at the things human beings can achieve in this world. So why is there always the feeling of impending doom, the feeling that humanity is on the wrong truck? Why? It has been there since time immemorial. The Bible is full of it. Yet . . . look at that plane and other things that people have built! So ingenious. Why are we denied peace on this earth? I wonder.

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    1. It does make you wonder what humanity could achieve if it worked together.

      Wrong truck works, maybe even better these days now that trucking has surpassed rail.

      Thanks so much for your support, Peter.


  6. I really don’t understand how regular-sized planes manage to get – and stay – airborne, but this has me completely perplexed. I guess as long as smart people have it figured out, I shouldn’t worry. Nice collection of doors (I especially liked that tiny one at the end).

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    1. Thanks Judy. I’m experimenting with the copyright after seeing one of my photos used (without the permission I would have given) elsewhere. I’ve been trying to get it to work, but didn’t understand how easy it was. Now I have to tweak it a bit.

      The doors were amazing to see, as were the aircraft. I think the most amazing I’d the staff and crews.

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  7. Loved it. This one is quite a diversion from your regular door posts on classic buildings. I had few opportunities to visit some of the military places but sadly they don’t allow to take pictures. I did click one picture in front of a helicopter that was used in the India-Pakistan war. I also had the opportunity to take control of the Bofors gun which was quite an experience. I also got into a submarine but I had to quit halfway because I nauseated.

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  8. This was just FUN….
    and like the little “pull” one

    also – well said – cos we do understand amigo

    “two photo opportunities at almost any event – the subject of the event, and the doors at, near and on the way to the event.”


  9. Thanks very much for this virtual trip to the airshow and opening new doors for me. My husband is quite an aircraft enthusiast and went to a local airshow recently and belongs to an aircraft photography blog. We went to a great aircraft museum when we were in New Zealand.
    This is my first post with Thursday Doors and am looking forward to expanding my horizons.
    Best wishes,

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    1. I just found your post a few minutes ago (and followed). I look forward to seeing more in the future. I’m glad you lied this post. It was a little odd for Thursday Doors, but it was fun to get the photos.

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  10. Seeing all the photos of these various little doors made me smile thinking of the people who were likely watching you take them, scratching their heads wondering what you found so interesting 🙂
    The size of those airplane hangars never ceases to amaze and fascinate me.

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