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Reserve Citizen Airmen showcase Super Galaxy at JBSA Air Show

Over 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017.

Over 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017. The public walks through the cargo area of the C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command's 433rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)

Over 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017.

The United States Air Force's famed aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, fly in their famed Delta formation over a C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command's 433rd Airlift Wing at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017. The Air Force's precision flight demonstration team showed off their skills to a crowd of over 150,000 visitors during the two-day open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)

Over 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017.

Members of the general public walk onto the rear cargo ramp of an Air Force Reserve Command's 433rd Airlift Wing Wing's C-5M Super Galaxy at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017. Reserve Citizen Airmen were on-hand to answer questions about the largest aircraft in the Air Force fleet and talk about their experiences as Reservists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)

Over 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017.

A Heritage Flight by a P-51 Mustang and a F-35 Lightning II at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017. Over 150,000 visitors were expected to see demonstrations by modern and vintage war aircraft. . (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)

Over 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017.

Members of the general public walk through the cargo area of the C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command's 433rd Airlift Wing at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Show and Open House, Nov. 4, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The C-5M Super Galaxy stood head and shoulders above a long line of aircraft 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.

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

For some, 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" said Lt. Col. J.C. Miller, 433rd Operations Group deputy commander.

"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."
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