The 436th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware operates some of the 50 C-5Bs that were built. Thus the markings on this 1/400 scale model depict this "Eagle Wing" unit of the USAF’s Air Mobility Command (AMC). The C-5 and C-17 aircraft of the 436th Airlift Wing alone provide 25% of the USA’s intra-theater airlift capacity. The unit’s also ready to employ airdrop and special operations tactics. This model is impressive in size as well as in its inherent detail. The components are carefully engineered for accuracy and strength, while the markings are realistically rendered.
Designed to meet a USAF requirement for a heavy logistics transport, the C-5 was first flown on June 30th, 1968. The t-tail configuration provides unobstructed access to the large rear loading ramp which, in combination with the massive hinged nose, allows for "drive-through" loading and unloading of cargo. The C-5 is one of the largest military aircraft ever built and its cavernous cargo compartment measures 121 feet long by 19 feet wide and 13.5 feet high. This is in addition to an upper deck with seating for 73 passengers. Current versions of the aircraft are capable of lifting up to 270,000 lbs of cargo.