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The first C-5 to retire to a museum will be put on display in Dover, Del.
The C-5A arrived from the Tennessee National Guard in August after making its last flight. Known to its crews as the Zero-One-Four (part of its serial number), the C-5 will be the latest attraction at the Air Mobility Command Museum, home to more than half a dozen airlift and air refueling aircraft, including the C-133 Cargomaster and KC-135E Stratotanker.
The C-5 is no stranger to Dover Air Force Base, where it was assigned for more than four decades. The Zero-One-Four was assigned to Dover from 1973 to 1977, according to the museum.
In addition to being the first C-5 to go on display in a museum, the aircraft was used during the first and only aircraft-in-flight launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a Dover news release said. The test launch, carried out off the California coast in 1974, was successful but “deemed impractical.”
The mammoth C-5 is the Air Force’s biggest strategic airlifter capable of carrying six MRAPs or five helicopters.
The C-5 entered operational service in 1970 and has been a vital asset in every military operation since that time including Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. It has also been essential in humanitarian relief efforts including Hurricane Katrina, tsunami and earthquake relief.
A dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 and is open to the public.