A C-5A with a long and storied history became the first of its kind to be retired to a museum setting during ceremonies held Nov. 9 at Dover Air Force Base.
More than 500 people were on hand the morning of Nov. 9 to welcome C-5A No. 69-0014 to the collection of aircraft at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base. The plane arrived at Dover directly from the factory on Aug. 3, 1971, with only 26.9 hours in the air. When retired Saturday, it had flown for exactly 19,735.1 hours -- or the nonstop equivalent of slightly more than two years and three months. In October 1974, the plane was used for the first -- and only -- test to see if a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile could be fired from a cargo aircraft. The test was wildly successful, but proved impractical and was never tried again. Zero-One-Four, as her crews called her, arrived on its final flight to Dover on Aug. 7. The ensuing three months were spent with crews from Dover draining fuels, oil and hydraulic fluids. It was towed into place Oct. 21. For more, see the Nov. 13 issue of the Dover Post.