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The C-5 Galaxy Had a Catastrophic Design Flaw

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The C-5 Galaxy Had a Catastrophic Design Flaw

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The C-5 Galaxy is a true giant among USAF cargo planes ? but its development was not without problems. Just four years after it made its debut, a serious design flaw threatened the future of the entire line.


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The C-5 Galaxy has been a crucial part of the U.S. Air Force for almost 50 years, serving in wars in Vietnam, the Gulf and Afghanistan, and delivering aid to the world's worst disaster zones. Now, maintenance personnel at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia are tearing them apart and rebuilding them for the 21st century. Former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek joins in for an up-close, hands-on look at this colossal cargo plane, revealing the five engineering innovations that made it a military legend.

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