Here’s what the biggest jet in the US military can carry
6:20 AM EDT, Fri June 29, 2018
The largest airplane in the US military, the Air Force C-5 Galaxy dwarfs all other aircraft in this 2004 photo from Florida's Eglin Air Force Base. Click through the gallery for examples of the huge military equipment this monster airplane can haul.
The C-5 can haul an Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet with its wings removed, like this one being loaded at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska for transport to Georgia.
Brian E. Hibbert/US Air Force
A donated fire truck was the cargo for this C-5B Galaxy at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, heading to Nicaragua to help volunteer firefighters.
US Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen
This ambulance -- also bound for Nicaragua -- was loaded on to a C-5 at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.
US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Kelly Goonan
The C-5 can carry as many as two 70-ton M1A1 Abrams tanks, like this one at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.
US Army/Lt. Col. Brian Fickel
The C-5 hauls helicopters, too. A C-5M Super Galaxy delivered this HH-60G Pave Hawk to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in 2016.
Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia/US Air Force
A huge CH-47 Chinook helicopter was loaded onto a C-5M Super Galaxy last January at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center in Mississippi.
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens/US Air Force
Can the C-5 carry an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet? Yep.
Sgt. Matthew Johnson/US Army
C-5s help NASA by transporting giant satellites to their launch sites for deliver into orbit. This GOES weather satellite is now circling the Earth, helping scientists learn more about the weather.
A C-5 also transported a Webb telescope backplane Pathfinder -- or practice model -- and unloaded it at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The cargo hold of the C-5 is 19 feet wide and 143 feel long -- longer than the first flight of the Wright brothers in 1903.
Senior Airman Dennis Sloan/US Air Force
Air Force C-5s are being upgraded to increase their power and range. The Air Force plans to keep these giant transport jets in their fleet into the 2040s.