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Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

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The USAF Lockeed C-141C Starlifter filled the role of Strategic airlifter. Its manufacturer Lockheed designed and built the first one and its First flight was in 1963. The aircrafts Introduction to the USAF was in 1965 and was retired 5 May 2006. There were only 285 of the aircraft built. The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter was used primarily by the United States Air Force. Produced 1963–1968 Number built 285

The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter entered service with AMC (Air Mobility Command) of the USAF as a strategic airlifter. The aircraft also served with the Air Force Reserve Command, the Air National Guard and Air Education and Training Command.

The introduction of the Starlifter was to replace the older C-124 Globemaster II still powered by piston engines and much slower. The Lockheed C-141 had to meet new standards set in 1960 for military air cargo transport. The result was a real workhorse that remained in service for 40 years. There were 284 for the Air Force and one for NASA as an airborne observatory for a total of 285 C-141s. The C-141 Starlifters were retired and replaced by C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in 2006.

Air Force Requirement 182 was submitted in 1960 for a new aircraft to perform tactical and strategic airlift service. The new aircraft needed to have a range of at least 4,000 miles and be able to carry 60,000 lbs payload. For the tactical role its mission would be able to perform air drops at low altitudes of troops and supplies. A number of companies submitted to the request of the Specific Operational Requirement 182 and all big names in aircraft development. General Dynamics, Boeing and Lockheed all responded to the request for the new aircraft.

Lockheed was chosen with a unique design the Lockheed Model 300. It was the very first extra large jet built to carry freight. The design of the Model 300 had a swept wing with 4 TF33 turbofan engines with 21,000 lbf of thrust. The wing was high mounted and each engine was pod mounted under the wing. The new aircraft allowed easy access to the cabin through rear doors being the floor height was only 50” off the ground. In 1965 the C-141 dropped paratroopers for the very first time from a jet airplane through two rear side doors. The cargo doors on rear of the aircraft could also be opened during flight to drop freight by parachute. The high mounted wing made a large cargo area that was 10’ wide by 9’ high and 70’ long. With space like this the Starlifter could carry could carry the LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile in its payload bay. A version of the C-141 that carried the Minuteman missile could carry 92,000 lbs after being stripped of other equipment to make this possible. The basic C-141 Starlifter could carry 70,847 lbs over short distances normally. The aircraft could fill the cargo bay with 154 troops, 80 patients on litters in addition to 123 paratroopers.

The Lockheed C-141 was Ordered by President John F. Kennedy

As his first official act as President of the United States he ordered the development of the Lockheed Model 300. The original contract was for 5 for test and evaluation to be designated as the C-141. Lockheed produced the C-141A prototype in record time and rolled it out for its first test flight on December 17, 1963 the anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. In a new unique requirement the new aircraft had to meet both civil and military airworthiness standards. Both the Lockheed and the Air Force began an operational test program with the delivery of 284 aircraft by 1966.

There was an effort to market the aircraft to the civilian market. Two orders were received one from the Flying Tiger Line and one from Slick Airways 4 aircraft each. The version of the aircraft was to be called the L-300 SuperstarLifter which would be 37’ longer than the C-141A. After one test aircraft was built no sales were made so the aircraft was donated to NASA.

By June of 1992 all of the C-141s were transferred to the AMC Air (Mobility Command) after the Military Airlift Command was disestablished. By 2004 no C-141 was on active duty and confined to the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard for the remainder of its service life.

A One C-141 identified as the Hanoi Taxi the aircraft Serial Number 66-0177 was the first aircraft to land in North Vietnam in Operation Homecoming to repatriate American POWs.

Again in 2005 the Hanoi Taxi in addition to other aircraft the Air Force was marshaled to evacuate those in the path of Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of people and hundreds of ill and injured were evacuated.

May 5th 2005 the last eight C-141s were to retired but not before the Hanoi Taxi went on a series of flights to provide Vietnam veterans a flight before it retirement. On the 6th of May Col. James F. Blackman and Col. Benjamin Johnson landed for a retirement ceremony at Wright Patterson Air Force Base National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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