Welcome back to the our channel for a discussion about the C-5 Galaxy, the largest and most powerful cargo plane in the U.S. fleet. I rode a C5 into Iraq quite a few times and its a great ride! So, back in 2003 to 2006, i went to Iraq 3 times (not year deployments) and we would have a C5 to ourselves with our gear (Tier 2 Unit working for Tier 1) and fly into Biap. At the time, there was a rule that C5s could only come on at night. They are bid and slow. They can be spotted from miles away, giving people time to set up RPGs or missiles of some sort, so only flying in at night. I always sat in the jump seat to watch and listen. Best seat in the house, to me at least. So, come into Iraq at like 40k feet, as we got close to the Landing Zone (LZ) we came down a little bit, maybe 8k feet or so. Once we got close enough, it was game on! They basically flew over the airport until they reached the center (idk, I'm not a pilot) and we would do a steep corkscrew down maneuver with a steep pull at the end for the landing. Maybe it doesn't sound like much, but when I'm looking down at the ground (you can see lights, ground itself Most of the time) from a c5 at dead of night, in almost a spin? It was fun and kind of nerve wracking at the same time. I hope a C5 pilot that flew into Iraq, early Iraq war, can tell us more about it here. I’ve flown FCC on tail number 7030 and was DCC on 7032. I was an Engine Run Certifier on C-5s for several years in Germany. The larger commercial aircraft like the 747 and A-380 are modern wonders but seeing an M1A1, semi-truck, or rocket booster on a C5 is awe-inspiring. FRED is a challenge to maintain but it’s fun.