We love big airplanes and big engines at Jet-Eyes. The small fast stuff is fun, but the heavy metal is special. The C-5A is, well, about as big as it gets as far as military airlift is concerned. The jet was developed in the 1960s and provides the US Military with the capability to move large and oversized cargo anywhere in the world. You don’t need us to blabber on about how rad this aircraft is – it speaks for itself.
These tags were cut from the fan cowl and components of the mighty GE TF39 turbofan. The TF39 was developed especially for the C-5A and it was the FIRST high-bypass turbofan engine ever developed. Every aircraft flying today has engines hanging from its wings that were developed from the engineering used to create the TF39. No aircraft ID is noted on the cards or tags, but written on the panels was "459 Eng 1 Panel 3."
In the late 2000s, the C-5’s TF39s were traded out for the enhanced GE F-138 engines, which provided the aircraft with significantly improved performance. The aircraft also received many other upgrades, and a name: the “C-5M Super Galaxy.” Our tags were cut from scrap TF39 fan cowl skin and other parts when these engines were removed.
The C-5A Fan Cowl tags are offered in 4 variants, to include: Dark Grey, Black, Bi-Color, and Stencil. There is also a Global Set that includes a Stencil and a Bi-Color tag. The Dark Grey are the most numerous and feature the iconic C-5A grey paint. The Bi-Color tags also have this grey paint and a portion of the black line that was painted on the cowl to notate the front fan location inside the cowl. The Black tags were cut from this black line and are either entirely black or may have a sliver of grey on them. The Stencil tags are slick. They feature the stenciled text that was located on the fan cowl to warn outside crew of the location of the spinning fan inside the engine cowl. The majority of tags are honeycomb and are roughly 3/8” thick. The Stencil tags have multiple layers of aluminum at the top and have a polished edge. A few of the Stencil tags are full honeycomb.
There is also a Thrust Reverser variant that was cut from a single solid aluminum panel from the TF39 Thrust Reverser. This tag art is different from the others and features a C-5 with its landing gear down. The backs of the Thrust Reverser tags are the most unusual we've seen with a spiderweb of aluminum stiffeners.
All tags come with cards with celestial art by BVR. The Black, Stencil, and Thrust Reverser tags come with a special edition cardback with different coloring.
This run is only 500 tags with very limited quantities of some variants.
*Jet-Eyes is in no way affiliated with any aircraft manufacturer. Military designations are used to note which aircraft our tags were cut from.
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