Lockheed Martin is transforming the C-5 aircraft into a C-5M Super Galaxy strategic airlifter in preparation for its delivery to the US Air Force.

The next C-5M Super Galaxy will be delivered to the USAF on 30 September 2010 and will be stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

Prior to the delivery, Lockheed will carry out 70 additional improvements on the Super Galaxy.

The C-5M Super Galaxy has been developed as part of the avionics modernisation programme (AMP) and the reliability enhancement and re-engining programme (RERP).

The C-5M Super Galaxy recently achieved a 96% departure reliability rate while delivering critical cargo to troops in Afghanistan.

It was also used to carry the 7.5t Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to be launched on the last space shuttle flight in 2011.