HomeNews

Travis Heritage Center acquires AF’s largest static display

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Air Force’s second-to-last operational C-5A Galaxy embarked on its final flight July 26, landing at Travis Air Force Base, California, where the aircraft is slated to be placed on static display.

The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992, a designator that led base officials to choose the aircraft when submitting their request to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

“Other than a brief stay at Charleston (Air Force Base) prior to coming to Travis in the 1970s, this is where it spent its active-duty years,” said Rick Shea, Travis Heritage Center curator. “This is home. It needed to be here.”

For the last two decades, the aircraft was being operationally flown by the Air Force Reserve at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.

The end state objective of the static display project is to position the aircraft in an empty site adjacent to a static C-141 Starlifter – two aircraft synonymous with the installation.

“When Travis Air Force Base is mentioned to anyone, people’s minds automatically think C-141s and C-5s,” said Shea. “Travis is airlift. To have the Air Force’s largest airlift platform on display is huge for us. It’s huge for educational reasons, esprit de corps purposes as well as being a significant accomplishment for the Heritage Center.

“This is an opportunity to share with our visitors an airplane that has spent more than 40 years enabling us to defend this country,” Shea added.

According to Shea, the proposed site still needs to undergo an environmental evaluation prior to moving forward, but he remains optimistic that the project will be completed within a year.

In addition to the environmental analysis, base officials must also overcome the logistical challenges of towing and placing a 247-foot aircraft with a wingspan of 222-feet. The endeavor will require the efforts and specialties from several units across the base to include maintenance and civil engineering.

Although there is still work to be done, Shea said the end result is a prominent display that is encapsulated in one word: Travis.

“When we drive people down Travis Boulevard and cross the threshold of those two aircraft looking at one another, you’ll know you’re at Travis Air Force Base,” he said. “They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, but in this case it just says one.”

Travis currently employs a fleet of 18 C-5M Super Galaxies, the modernized variant of the original airframe. 

Social Media

Facebook Twitter
#TeamTravis, as we enter wildfire season you may have seen news reports about PG&E Public Safety Shutoffs. Public Safety Shutoffs are preemptive/deliberate power outages during high heat, low humidity and high wind periods where the fire risk due to a downed power line is high. Currently, Travis AFB has been categorized as a Tier 1 fire risk, which is the most unlikely tier to be de-energized due to fire risk and we are currently NOT expecting to be affected by a public safety power shutoff. Should we receive a notification from PG&E of a public safety power shutoff we will provide notifications via AdHoc (PLEASE make sure you've updated your information on the new system) and Balfour Beatty's "One Call Now" service. Informally, we will also post our Facebook and Twitter (@Travis60AMW) feeds. Thank you and #NoBounds!
"It hasn’t always been this easy. I grew up in small-town east Texas and enlisted in the United States Air Force when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was alive and well. For many years, I experienced a great deal of societal pressure to quell a fundamental part of myself in order to succeed. As a young Airman, I never felt completely relaxed, almost as if I had to keep looking over my shoulder, and the paranoia of losing my career–my livelihood–prohibited me from fully engaging with my new Air Force family. I don’t need to tell you about how deeply loneliness and feelings of alienation can affect a person. It ultimately led me to self-report suicidal ideations because I couldn’t find a way to reconcile being a service member and being gay. If it wasn’t for the few allies who believed I belonged in the our Air Force, despite my identity, I’m not sure where I’d be. Those leaders carried me through my turbulent, formative years until I was able to finally breathe. Though throughout that time I made my fair share of mistakes, and certainly gave my supervisor some unique challenges, I was gifted with the opportunity to show the Air Force my cards as an 11-month formal investigation into my sexual identity was terminated following the complete repeal of DADT. On September 20, 2011, I skipped throughout my building high-fiving everyone I saw without saying a word as to why. I have been high-fiving as many Airmen I can every September 20th since then. It’s my own special holiday. I had won… but what was I to do with myself now? The universe had given me a chance to become a whole new Airman and I decided that I wasn’t going to waste it. Since then, I’ve strived to be the best Airman I can be. I volunteered to serve as a Military Training Instructor, I’ve helped organize several military Pride month events, and I’ve sincerely tried to live up to our Core Values. The freedom to be who I am has given me the freedom to fly, fight, and win. I will never forget, nor be able to completely thank, all of the people who helped get me here. However, more importantly, I will never stop advocating for the importance of diversity and acceptance in our Air Force because I know what both sides of that spectrum can do to a person. Pride month isn’t about celebrating individual preferences. It’s about celebrating inclusiveness and how when we practice it, it makes us all better versions of ourselves. We are a mightier Air Force when we show our Pride." —Tech. Sgt. Shannon Ouimet-Amaro, 60th Air Mobility Wing executive assistant to the command chief #HumansOfTravis #LoveIsLove #Pride2019 #🏳️‍🌈
Travis leadership: Happy #NationalDoughnutDay, #TeamTravis! Can't wait to finally have that Dunkin' on base, huh? The rest of base:
Martinez-native Jake Larson was only 21 when he stormed Omaha Beach on #DDay. Back then, his unit had a motto: “To the last man.” Now, 75 years later, Jake is the last man—the last surviving member of that unit, and if becoming so has passed to him a single nugget of wisdom, it’s this: “Freedom isn’t free.” Read more about Jake’s revisiting of Omaha Beach in the article below.
The events of #DDay were a testament to the strength and resolve of this nation. For those who survived the invasion, Omaha Beach represents both a reminder of those they’ve lost and a promise to preserve their memory. With the help of virtual reality, join them as they recount the events of that fateful day. #BecauseOfThem
75 years ago, the U.S. military, along with other Allied nations, enacted one of the most ambitious amphibian assaults in history. Today, we celebrate the courage and sacrifice of the service members who invaded Normandy on #DDay, and whose actions still stand as one of the most impressive rebukes of evil in human memory. #BecauseOfThem
Sometimes the best part of the #TravisLife is what's (literally) beneath our feet! #NorthernCalifornia has a brilliant assortment of wildlife and flora—even right in your front yard. What makes the #TravisLife sweet for you? Show us in the comments!
A lot of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) readiness exercises start with a single "what if" question. In the case of #NorthernEdge, that question was "What if the Indo-Pacific were to suffer a crisis?" The answer involves about 10 million pounds of fuel 😳 Read more about it below!
Rapid global mobility wouldn't happen without these beautiful #TTails or the maintainers and crew that keep them in the air. Happy #TTailTuesday, Team Travis. #NoBounds #ProudToBeAMC #TeamTravis #FindAWayOrMakeOne #MilitaryLife #AirForce #Maintainer
A lot of things can fit into a C-5M Super Galaxy! That's why when Los Angeles Air Force Base, Home of Space and Missile Systems Center asked us if we could load the latest Advanced Extremely High Frequency - 5 satellite, we gladly obliged and shot this cool timelapse. #NoBounds For more info on the AEHF system, visit: https://www.afspc.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/249024/advanced-extremely-high-frequency-system/ NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Happy Birthday to the man, the myth, the legend... Clint Eastwood turns 89 today! He served in the U.S. Army and at 21 years old he had a brush with death when the plane he was on went down off the California coast near Point Reyes National Seashore. Eastwood and the Captain made it the two to three miles to shore after the U.S. Navy AD-1 Skyraider crashed into the ocean.
#CaptionThis! From Military Fresh Network
#tbt to May 2014 when Travis got its first introduction to FRED. #DidYouKnow the cargo compartment of the C-5M is big enough to fit an eight-lane bowling alley? #TheMoreYouKnow #BougieButNotThatBougie #NoBounds
🎶 We just took a DNA test turns out we're 100%... America's finest mobility force 🎶 We can't carry as good a tune as Lizzo, but we can for sure carry whatever payload is needed at a moment's notice. #GoodAsHell #NoBounds
“Hopping.” It’s what bunnies do. Or, if you’re an enterprising DoD card-holder with aspirations of travel, it can be your way of checking out some of the world’s best vacation hotspots...for FREE! Check out the video below for some “hopping” pointers.
Exciting new changes are taking place within Phoenix Horizon, AMC's company grade officer leadership and force development program. Click on the link below to find out more. https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1855452/amc-expands-junior-officer-force-development-program/fbclid/IwAR3L-VFvea218JaNQRsvwyQ3SwabuUesjhCoDRLNgDoiqwqXgKAvqW7N3Ww/
"Hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave." Today's #TTailTuesday is brought to you by these couple of outbound beauties. Show us your favorite T-tail photo in the comments! #NoBounds #ProudToBeAMC #LookingGood
Are you doing the #MurphChallenge today? Named for Lt. Michael Murphy who gave his life in the performance of his duties in Afghanistan, the “Murph” stands as the definitive physical tribute to those who’ve fought and died for our freedom here and overseas. If you are, comment the name of who you’re remembering this Memorial Day. #RememberTheFallen
As Memorial Day weekend begins, enjoy the cookouts, relaxation and hanging with family and friends, but be sure to take time to remember the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice to make the moments we enjoy this weekend possible. #WeRemember #NeverForget
When we’re foot-stomping the same stuff we were foot-stomping seven years ago, you know it’s real. Today’s #fbf reminds you to hydrate, especially during these critical days of Summer. Check out the article for more tips on staying cool ahead of this season’s rising temperatures. #HydrateOrDie #TeamTravis
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Any rated Air Force veterans out there missing active duty? Learn more about the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Du…
RT @TRICARE: Do you get care at @Travis60AMW, @lemoore_nas, or @POMgarrison? The @DeptofDefense's new #MHSGENESIS patient portal goes live…
RT @AirmanMagazine: Your @usairforce news: ✓ Staff sergeant promotion results are released ✓ The 419th Civil Engineering Squadron helps r…
@PopMech Thanks for sharing our work about base #innovation. Might be of interest to know that they are not 3D prin… https://t.co/IK1IXWC1Ar
Do you have high blood pressure? A weak heart? According to the @American_Heart , you may want to think of somethin… https://t.co/EfnXPE3az2
Forget 2020, #TeamTravis' 60th Maintenance Squadron is living in 3020. Using a new industrial-grade 3-D printer, th… https://t.co/RfYea3jKoB
RT @USAFHealth: Airmen with the 375th AES were headed to Travis AFB for a training mission, when a passenger on-board their commercial flig…
RT @USAFRecruiting: The mission of the @usairforce to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace has stood strong for over 70 years. T…
RT @AFSpace: Thanks in part to mobility Airmen from Travis AFB, the #AEHF5 communications satellite was launched into #space. Before the AE…
RT @damgoodtimes: Joint-nation alliance meets, trains at Travis AFB https://t.co/hiUoqU4XyY https://t.co/aXeRh7BaJt
Who said our aircraft can't pack a punch? Our KC-10 aircrew help make the pararescue mission possible. Check it out… https://t.co/M0tgADBAce
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Today is #NationalAirborneDay! Mobility Air Force is proud to deliver the most lethal assets to the fight ... #Airborne
RT @NBCS49ers: “It’s because of what you do, that I’m allowed to do the thing that I love to do, play football.” George Kittle and the 49e…
RT @jenniferleechan: #49ers @jstaley74 @mmcglinch68 @gkittle46 all spent time greeting the 50 service men and women from Travis Air Force B…
RT @jenniferleechan: After practice #49ers TE @gkittle46 spoke to the 50 service men and women from #TravisAirForceBase who watched practic…
When @AirMobilityCmd says anytime, anywhere... we mean it! https://t.co/LsmobXwiQW
.@GenDaveGoldfein visited #TeamTravis Aug. 13 on his way to @JointBasePHH. The #CSAF will be traveling through the… https://t.co/tZcTob1CG8