Aircraft: The Biggest Bird

Lockheed Aircraft Corp.'s C-5 Galaxy military transport measures barely 10 yds. shorter than a football field, sports a tail assembly as tall as a six-story building, and has a cargo compartment that is longer than the Wright brothers' first flight off the side of North Carolina's Kill Devil Hill sand dune. And it flies. At Georgia's Dobbins Air Force Base one morning last week, following an overnight postponement because of last-minute technical problems, the first C-5 lifted gently off the runway for a 94-minute test. Aside from some minor difficulty with the...

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