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C-5 Operations Grounded at Dover AFB

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One of Dover Air Force Bases’s 18 C-5M cargo planes. (Photo: WBOC) One of Dover Air Force Bases’s 18 C-5M cargo planes. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- The Air Mobility Command commander on Monday directed a stand-down of C-5 flying operations at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware following a second malfunction of C-5 nose landing gear within the last 60 days. 

"Aircrew safety is always my top priority and is taken very seriously," said Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander. "We are taking the appropriate measures to properly diagnose the issue and implement a solution."
 
Officials said inspections will occur to ensure the proper extension and retraction of the C-5 nose landing gear.
 
During the C-5 stand-down at Dover, AMC will work to ensure worldwide mission requirements are minimally impacted.  Eighteen C-5 aircraft are assigned to Dover AFB.  The eighteen aircraft include primary and backup aircraft inventory assigned to Dover. Twelve primary aircraft are assigned to Dover. 
 
There are a total of 56 C-5 aircraft in the Air Force fleet.
 
The stand-down only impacts Dover AFB.  
 
 
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