Westover welcomes home new C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft

C-5s are the U.S. military's largest aircraft

Westover Air Reserve Base's first C-5M Super Galaxy.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Same plane, new model. Westover Air Reserve Base welcome the first of eight C-5M Super Galaxy’s. These revamped C-5’s pack a punch.

“It’s performance this aircraft was built with a performance increase in mind and it delivers,” Lieutenant Colonel Scott Kuhrt, Instructor and C5 Aircraft Commander told 22News.

The C-5M model looks the same as the older planes, but there is one big difference, they are much quieter.

“It’s a lot quieter and as you can see out here when the engine is on, it’s a lot quieter,” Senior Master Sergeant, Steven Bryant, C5 Flight Engineer said.

These planes can carry combat equipment all over the world.  Now they can do it more efficiently.

“We can travel further, without making stops for fuel from the east coast to as far as Central Asia direct,” Master Sergeant John Lyons, C5 Load Master, told 22News.

The C-5M models also use less gas and can carry more cargo than the previous model.

The C-5M is expected to arrive in July. This is also a boost to Westover’s long-term outlook. These models are expected to last another 15 to 20 years.

Westover C-5 fleet will return with quieter engines after upgrades