The phones at the Kiii-TV newsroom have been ringing off the hook with calls reporting a large military aircraft circling various areas around town, so 3News decided to look into it.
According to Rod Hafemeister of Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi, the plane people are seeing Tuesday is a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, the largest military transport aircraft used by the U.S. Department of Defense. He saw it land and take off from the base, and said it appears to be doing touch-and-go landings.
He was right. U.S. Air Force Major Tim Wade of the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, affectionately referred to as the Old Kelly Air Force Base, said one of their C-5 military transports was sent to Corpus Christi for a training sortie, practicing touch-and-go landings in a different environment than the pilot is normally accustomed to.
Maj. Wade said they sometimes like to give the pilot different visuals and situations to fly in because seeing the same thing over and over can get somewhat monotonous for the pilots.
While the C-5 is not a common sight in Corpus Christi, for many of our Facebook viewers who were excited to see such a large plane in the sky, it was certainly a welcome one.