Defense

May 10, 2013

C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards

The silhouette of an aircrew member from the 9th Airlift Squadron can be seen as they prepare to remove a power cart from a C-5M Super Galaxy for a test sortie April 26, 2013, in support of C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing. The C-5M Block 3.5.2 software upgrade is intended to correct 72 deficiency reports that were documented during previous C-5M test programs.

In 2006, the C-5 Galaxy underwent a “super” upgrade to further strengthen the airframe’s worldwide airlift capabilities. Now known as the C-5M Super Galaxy, test teams at Edwards and Dover Air Force Base, Del., are showing why the recent software upgrade to the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory is no small task.

With initial modifications being tested at Dover AFB, the aircraft has been ferried back to Edwards AFB where the remaining flight test sorties are being accomplished during May.

“The C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade is intended to correct 72 deficiency reports that were documented during previous C-5M test programs,” said Joel Williams, 775th Test Squadron C-5 lead engineer at the 418th Flight Test Squadron.

“The results of the 418th FLTS testing of 3.5.2 will help support a fielding decision by the program office at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio,” added Maj. Zackary Schaffer, 418th FLTS C-5 test pilot. “Additionally, data from this testing will be used by the Development System Manager, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/WLS) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to generate a program assessment summary to verify the C-5M retains the navigational performance and surveillance capabilities necessary for future airspace requirements.”

A C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del., takes off from Edwards Runway 22L April 26, 2013, during a sortie to test the recent Block 3.5.2 software upgrade. C-5M Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing is projected to be completed by the end of May 2013.

According to the C-5M test team, the systems affected by this software upgrade included the automatic flight control system, auto throttle, display services, embedded diagnostic system, and flight management system.

“As part of the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System testing, we had to develop test techniques to safely generate collision warnings in-flight,” Schaffer said. “With the help of pilots at the 445th Flight Test Squadron and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, we were able to develop procedures using a T-38 Talon to generate all of the appropriate warnings while ensuring safe separation of aircraft throughout the test.”

Initially, the aircraft was modified with test instrumentation and software at Dover AFB, which required all of the checkouts, Quality Assurance inspections, and initial ground and flight testing to be conducted off-site.

A C-5M Super Galaxy, assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Del., flys over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., May 7, 2013, during a sortie to test the new Block 3.5.2 software upgrade.

“Thanks to the excellent coordination between Edwards Special Instrumentation team, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and the 436th Maintenance Group, all the modifications were completed ahead of schedule with the airplane fully mission capable,” said Schaffer. “With help from the 436th Operations Group, we were able to schedule all of the range support necessary for our testing.”

Once the final portion of software upgrade testing is completed, Williams said the DR corrections will help bring many improvements to the C-5M platform including a new vertical guidance mode, new glideslope capture capabilities, identify friend or foe mode S enhanced surveillance, and updated traffic collision and avoidance logic.

The C-5 Development System Manager, AFLCMC/WLS at Wright-Patterson AFB, will use the result of testing to support airworthiness certification of the software update. The testing results will also support certification of readiness for operational testing that will be conducted by the AMC Test and Evaluation Squadron.

C-5M Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing is projected to be completed by the end of May 2013. The Air Force plans to upgrade 52 Galaxies to “super” status by the end of 2016.




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