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Reserve Citizen Airmen showcase Super Galaxy at JBSA Air Show

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Treivno
  • 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Standing out in a long line of cargo aircraft wasn't hard for the C-5M Super Galaxy on display at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland 2017 Air Show and Open House at Port San Antonio, the site of the old Kelly Field, Nov. 4-5, 2017.

Temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s with high humidity didn't deter the visitors estimated at over 150,000 visitors for the two-day event.

For some visitors, like Ryan Zachos, an Army veteran, the visit to the aircraft brought back memories. "It was nice to see an old friend," he said. "I have four deployments into Afghanistan on the C-5, and when I was a paratrooper, I jumped out of every plane the US has, including the C-5, so it brought back memories."

The largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory had a continuous stream of visitors entering the aircraft on the front and rear cargo ramps to see the massive plane. Most, if not all, left impressed with the airplane, which first joined in the Air Force in June 1970.

"My boys were super excited to get to see the upper deck of the plane, they were awed by the size of the inside of the plane," said Zachos, a native of Puerto Rico.

"Seeing the kids out here, and how much they enjoy looking at these massive machines, seeing how fast they are, and the aerial demonstrations, it gives us a reason to do this mission" Lt. Col. J.C. Miller, 433rd Operations Group deputy commander, said.

"It (the air show) is also a great outreach to the public," the Reserve Citizen Airman said. "This expands the general public's knowledge of where their taxpayer's dollars are going toward, these are the great efforts that we put forth and how we make a difference throughout the world."