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The C-141A, built between 1963 and 1967, was the USAF's first jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop and cargo carrier.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.

For more than 40 years, the C-141 Starlifter performed numerous airlift missions for the US Air Force. Its great range and high speed enabled the Starlifter to project American military power and humanitarian efforts rapidly across the globe.

The Starlifter originated in a 1959 requirement for a fast, strategic transport aircraft that would serve as a "work horse" for rapidly moving U.S. Army troops anywhere in the world. The C-141 made its maiden flight on Dec. 17, 1963.

The C-141A became operational in April 1965, with the 1501st Air Transport Wing at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., but it became apparent that the aircraft had much greater potential. Therefore, the USAF lengthened the C-141A's fuselage by 23.3 feet and added aerial refueling capability. The first modified "stretch" C-141B arrived at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., in December 1979, and Lockheed completed the modification program in 1982. The C-141B's additional cargo capacity gave the USAF the equivalent of an additional 90 C-141As. Later modifications strengthened the wings and added extra service life to the Starlifter. From 1997 to 2001, C-141Bs were converted to C-141Cs by the addition of advanced avionics.

In July 1986 the USAF began transferring its C-141s to the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces, and last two Starlifters were retired from service in 2006. Over its four decade career, the Starlifters logged more than 10 million hours, including a record set in 1981 when a C-141 flew 67,000 pounds of cargo non-stop from New Jersey to Saudi Arabia, refueling three times in flight.

C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft refuels a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as the two planes fly above the clouds over northern California.C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft refuels a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as the two planes fly above the clouds over northern California.

Despite its many military and humanitarian missions, none was more significant than the mission flown by the Hanoi Taxi, the aircraft on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This C-141 airlifted the first American prisoners of war to freedom from Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973. The Hanoi Taxi flew two missions into Hanoi, carrying out 78 POWs and two civilian returnees to the Philippines, and four missions from the Philippines to the United States, carrying 76 ex-POWs.

Afterward, 66-0177 continued flying missions around the world, and over three decades of service, the Hanoi Taxi flew more than 40,000 hours and underwent many changes. Originally built as a C-141A model, its fuselage was lengthened by 23.3 feet in the early 1980s, and the USAF redesignated it as a C-141B. Later, the aircraft had its wings strengthened, and from 1997 to 2001, all C-141Bs were converted to C-141Cs by the addition of advanced avionics. In 2002 the Hanoi Taxi received its final programmed depot maintenance, and it was repainted as it appeared when it went to Hanoi in 1973 -- except for the Red Cross. It flew in these markings for the next four years.

In May 2004 the Hanoi Taxi again tapped the timelines of history when Maj. Gen. Edward J. Mechenbier, himself a POW repatriated from Vietnam, flew it back to Vietnam to repatriate the remains of two American service members killed in action.

The Hanoi Taxi was retired to the museum in May 2006.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Crew: (Five or six) Two pilots, two flight engineers and one loadmaster and one navigator (added for airdrops); two flight nurses and three medical technicians added for aeromedical evacuation missions

Armament: None

Engine: Four Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofan engines with 20,250 lbs. thrust each

Maximum speed: 500 mph

Load: Either 200 troops, 155 paratroops, 103 litters and 14 seats, or 68,725 lbs of cargo

Range: Unlimited with in-flight refueling

Source: USAF

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter was a military strategic airlifter in service with the United States Air Force. Introduced to replace slower piston-engined cargo planes such as the C-124 Globemaster II, the C-141 was designed to requirements set in 1960 and first flew in 1963. Production deliveries of an eventual 285 planes began in 1965: 284 for the Military Airlift Command, and one for NASA. The aircraft remained in service for almost 40 years until the USAF withdrew the C-141 from service on 5 May 2006, replacing the aircraft with the C-17 Globemaster III.

Design and development

In the early 1960s, the United States Air Force Military Air Transport Service relied on a substantial number of propeller-driven aircraft. As these aircraft were mostly obsolescent designs and the Air Force needed the benefits of jet power, the USAF ordered 48 Boeing C-135 Stratolifters as an interim step. The C-135 was a useful stop-gap, but only had side-loading doors and most bulky and outsize equipment would not fit.

In the spring of 1960 the Air Force released Specific Operational Requirement 182, calling for a new aircraft that would be capable of performing both strategic and tactical airlift missions. The strategic role demanded that the aircraft be capable of missions with a radius of at least 3,500 nautical miles (4,000 miles, 6,500 km) with a 60,000 pound (27,000 kg) load. The tactical role required it to be able to perform low-altitude air drops of supplies, and carry and drop paratroops in combat. Several companies responded to SOR 182, including Boeing, Lockheed and General Dynamics.

Lockheed responded to the requirement with a unique design: the Lockheed Model 300, the first large jet designed from the start to carry freight. The Model 300 had a swept high-mounted wing with four 21,000 pound thrust TF33 turbofan engines pod-mounted below the wings. An important aspect was the cabin floor's height of only 50 in (1.27 m) above the ground, allowing easy access to the cabin through the rear doors. The two rear side doors were designed to allow the aircraft to drop paratroopers (in August 1965 the type performed the first paratroop drop from a jet-powered aircraft). The rear cargo doors could be opened in flight to allow airborne freight drops. The shoulder-mounted wings gave internal clearance in the cargo hold of 10ft (3.05m) wide, 9ft (2.74m) high and 70ft (21.34m) long. The size enabled the Starlifter to carry, for example, a complete LGM-30 Minuteman ballistic missile in its container. The aircraft was capable of carrying a maximum of 70,847 lbs over short distances, and up to 92,000 lbs in the version configured to carry the Minuteman, which stripped other equipment. The aircraft could also carry up to 154 troops, or 123 fully-equipped paratroopers.

President John F. Kennedy's first official act after his inauguration was to order the development of the Lockheed 300 on March 13, 1961, with a contract for five aircraft for test and evaluation to be designated the C-141. One unusual aspect of the aircraft was that it was designed to meet both military and civil airworthiness standards. The prototype C-141A serial number 61-2775 was manufactured and assembled in record time, being rolled out of the factory at Marietta, Georgia on 22 August 1963 and first flying on 17 December, the 60th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. The company and the Air Force then started an operational testing program and the delivery of 284 aircraft, initially to units of the MATS (later renamed Military Airlift Command).

An effort to sell the aircraft on the civilian market resulted in provisional orders from Flying Tiger Line and Slick Airways for four aircraft each. These were to be a stretched version, 37 ft (11.28m) longer than the C-141A, and marketed as the SuperstarLifter. The development was not proceeded with and only one civilian demonstration aircraft (later to NASA) was built.

Operational history

The prototype and development aircraft then began an intensive operational testing program including the first delivery to MATS on the 19 October 1964 to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Testing continued and a Federal Aviation Authority type certificate was awarded on 29 January 1965. The first delivery to an operational unit was on the 23 April 1965 to Travis Air Force Base, California. Although operational testing continued the Air Force needs due the involvement in South Vietnam soon had aircraft involved in operational sorties to the combat zone.

On 16 September 2004 the C-141 left service with nearly all active duty USAF units, being confined to reserve units for the remainder of its service life. As of 25 September 2005, there were only eight C-141 aircraft still flying (all from the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB). In 2004, 2005, and 2006, the C-141s stationed at WPAFB participated in missions to Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly for the medical evacuation of wounded service members.

One of these last eight aircraft was the Hanoi Taxi (tail number 66-0177), which was one of the same aircraft used in 1973, for Operation Homecoming in the final days of the Vietnam War, to repatriate American POWs from North Vietnam. The Air Force repainted this aircraft in the same livery as it wore in 1973 as the final year of Starlifter operations approached. Framed photographs, plaques, and other memorabilia adorn the interior, suiting the aircraft for use as a "flying museum", a role it has filled at the Dayton Air Show and other venues.

With the 2006 announcement of the retirement of these last eight C-141s, the Hanoi Taxi embarked on a series of flights, giving veterans, some of whom flew out of captivity in this aircraft, the opportunity to experience one more flight before retirement. At 9:30 AM on Saturday, 6 May 2006, the Hanoi Taxi landed for the last time and was received in a formal retirement ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Riverside, Ohio near Dayton. The Hanoi Taxi is now part of the permanent static display collection of the Museum.

C-141 Starlifter: An Air Mobility Command, C-141 Starlifter from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, California on the ramp at Addis Ababa international Airport in support of multinational aid to Rwandan refugees.C-141 Starlifter: An Air Mobility Command, C-141 Starlifter from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, California on the ramp at Addis Ababa international Airport in support of multinational aid to Rwandan refugees.

Variants

C-141A

The original Starlifter model, designated C-141A, could carry 138 passengers, 80 litters for wounded, or ten standard 463L master pallets with a total of 62,700 pounds (28,900 kg) of cargo. The C-141 could also carry specialized cargoes, such as the Minuteman missile. It was soon discovered that the aircraft's volume capacity was relatively low in comparison to its lifting capacity; it generally ran out of physical space long before it hit its weight limit.

NASA obtained Lockheed's C-141 demonstrator, designated L-300. The airplane was modified to house the Kuiper Airborne Observatory telescope for use at very high altitudes. This NASA NC-141A is now in storage at NASA Ames Research Center, CA.

C-141B

In service, the C-141 proved to "bulk out" before it "massed out", meaning that it often had additional lift capacity that went wasted because the cargo hold was too full. To correct the perceived deficiencies of the original model and utilize the C-141 to the fullest of its capabilities, the entire fleet of 270 in-service C-141As were stretched, adding needed payload volume. These modified aircraft were designated C-141B. Additional 'plug' sections were added before and after the wings, lengthening the fuselage by 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m) and allowing the carriage of 103 litters for wounded, 13 standard pallets, 205 troops, 168 paratroopers, or an equivalent increase in other loads. Also added at this time was a boom receptacle for inflight refueling. The conversion program took place between 1977 and 1982, with first delivery taking place in December 1979. It was estimated that this stretching program was the equivalent of buying 90 new aircraft, in terms of increased capacity.

SOLL II

In 1994, a total of 13 C-141Bs were given SOLL II (Special Operations Low-Level II) modifications, which gave the aircraft a low-level night flying capability, enhanced navigation equipment, and improved defensive countermeasures. These aircraft were operated by AMC in conjunction with Air Force Special Operations Command. At one time, these aircraft were slated to be replaced by special-purpose new-build C-17s.

C-141C

A total of 63 C-141s were upgraded throughout the 1990s to C-141C status, with improved avionics and navigation systems, to keep them up to date until C-17s were available to replace them. This variant introduced some of the first glass cockpit technology to the aircraft, as well as improving reliability by replacing some mechanical and electromechanical components with their electronic equivalents.

C-141 Starlifter: A view of a pilot in the cockpit of a C-141 Starlifter. The unidentified pilot is a captain from the 14th Airlift Squadron.C-141 Starlifter: A view of a pilot in the cockpit of a C-141 Starlifter. The unidentified pilot is a captain from the 14th Airlift Squadron.

Operators

United States

* United States Air Force

* NASA

Survivors

* C-141A (the first C-141A produced) is on display at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware

* C-141B (#65-0257) is on display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California

* C-141B (formerly a "Hanoi Taxi") will be on display at the Scott Field Heritage Air Park when it opens at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Illinois

* C-141C will be on display at the Scott Field Heritage Air Park when it opens at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Illinois

* C-141C (#66-0177) "Hanoi Taxi" is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio

* C-141C (#65-0248) is on display at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Houston County, Georgia

* C-141F (#64-0626) is on display at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware

Specifications (C-141B Starlifter)

General characteristics

* Crew: 5–6

* Length: 168 ft 4 in (51.3 m)

* Wingspan: 160 ft 0 in (48.8 m)

* Height: 39 ft 3 in (12 m)

* Wing area: 3,228 ft² (300 m²)

* Empty weight: 144,492 lb (65,542 kg)

* Max takeoff weight: 323,100 lb (147,000 kg)

* Powerplant: 4× Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofans, 20,250 lbf (90.1 kN each) each

Performance

* Maximum speed: 567 mph (493 knots, 912 km/h)

* Range: 2,935 mi (2,550 nm, 4,723 km)

* Ferry range: 6,140 mi (5,330 nm, 9,880 km) unrefueled

* Service ceiling 41,000 ft (12,500 m)

* Rate of climb: 2,600 ft/min (13.2 m/s)

* Wing loading: 100.1 lb/ft² (490 kg/m²)

* Thrust/weight: 0.25

More photos:

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.

C-141 Starlifter: Capt. Gregory Gibbs, 86th Airlift Squadron, monitors controls in the cockpit of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft en route to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The aircraft will later proceed to Damascus, Syrial, to pick up freed hostage Joseph Cicippio, released after being held captive in Lebanon by Shiite Moslem kidnappers for over five years.C-141 Starlifter: Capt. Gregory Gibbs, 86th Airlift Squadron, monitors controls in the cockpit of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft en route to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The aircraft will later proceed to Damascus, Syrial, to pick up freed hostage Joseph Cicippio, released after being held captive in Lebanon by Shiite Moslem kidnappers for over five years.

C-141 Starlifter: C-141B Starlifter aircraft of the 62nd Military Airlift Wing and C-130E Hercules aircraft of the 317th Military Airlift Wing fill the aircraft parking area during Exercise Rebel Hog '92-1, an operational readiness exercise for both wings.C-141 Starlifter: C-141B Starlifter aircraft of the 62nd Military Airlift Wing and C-130E Hercules aircraft of the 317th Military Airlift Wing fill the aircraft parking area during Exercise Rebel Hog '92-1, an operational readiness exercise for both wings.

C-141 Starlifter: A Military Airlift Command (MAC) C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft drops U.S. Army paratroopers over a drop zone during Airlift Rodeo '90. Airlift Rodeo is an annual airdrop competition that tests the flight and ground skills of MAC aircrews as well as foreign teams.C-141 Starlifter: A Military Airlift Command (MAC) C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft drops U.S. Army paratroopers over a drop zone during Airlift Rodeo '90. Airlift Rodeo is an annual airdrop competition that tests the flight and ground skills of MAC aircrews as well as foreign teams.

C-141 Starlifter: Two C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 437th Military Airlift Wing make a low-level equipment drop during a training mission.C-141 Starlifter: Two C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 437th Military Airlift Wing make a low-level equipment drop during a training mission.

C-141 Starlifter: A 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft lands on base.C-141 Starlifter: A 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft lands on base.

C-141 Starlifter: A 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft, left, and a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft, right, fly over the northern California coastline at dusk.C-141 Starlifter: A 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft, left, and a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft, right, fly over the northern California coastline at dusk.

C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft prepares to refuel a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as a 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft stands by for refueling. The three planes are flying above the clouds over northern California.C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft prepares to refuel a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as a 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft stands by for refueling. The three planes are flying above the clouds over northern California.

C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft refuels a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as the two planes fly above the clouds over northern California.C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft refuels a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as the two planes fly above the clouds over northern California.

C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft completes the refueling of a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as a 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft lines up for refueling. The planes are flying above the clouds over Northern California.C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft completes the refueling of a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as a 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft lines up for refueling. The planes are flying above the clouds over Northern California.

C-141 Starlifter below: A 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft flies over the base.C-141 Starlifter below: A 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft flies over the base.

C-141 Starlifter: A 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft follows a 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft in preparation for refueling. The aircraft are flying over cloud banks.C-141 Starlifter: A 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft follows a 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft in preparation for refueling. The aircraft are flying over cloud banks.

C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft prepares to refuel a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as a 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft stands by for refueling. The three planes are flying above the clouds over northern California.C-141 Starlifter: A 79th Air Refueling Squadron (79th AREFS) KC-10A Extender aircraft prepares to refuel a 7th Airlift Squadron (7th AS) C-141B Starlifter aircraft as a 75th Airlift Squadron (75th AS) C-5B Galaxy aircraft stands by for refueling. The three planes are flying above the clouds over northern California.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) approaches the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratanker aircraft.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) approaches the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratanker aircraft.

C-141 Starlifter: Umpires in the RODEO 92 C-141 accuracy landing event await the landing of a C-141 Starlifter.C-141 Starlifter: Umpires in the RODEO 92 C-141 accuracy landing event await the landing of a C-141 Starlifter.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft from the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft assigned to the 443rd Airlift Wing (443rd AW) takes off from a base.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, side view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender from March AFB, California preparing to refuel a 60th Airlift Wing's C-141 Starlifter over the High Sierra mountains in northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, side view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender from March AFB, California preparing to refuel a 60th Airlift Wing's C-141 Starlifter over the High Sierra mountains in northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with left wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with left wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter airlifter, flying over San Francisco. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter airlifter, flying over San Francisco. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter flying over the northern California terrain. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter flying over the northern California terrain. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with right wing high, flying over the hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with right wing high, flying over the hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with left wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with left wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, side view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender from March AFB, California preparing to refuel a 60th Airlift Wing's C-141 Starlifter over the High Sierra mountains in northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, side view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender from March AFB, California preparing to refuel a 60th Airlift Wing's C-141 Starlifter over the High Sierra mountains in northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with right wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with right wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing, March AFB, California, KC-10A Extender, flying toward the camera over the clouds with Travis-based 60th Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter flying behind the refueler. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing, March AFB, California, KC-10A Extender, flying toward the camera over the clouds with Travis-based 60th Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter flying behind the refueler. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, side view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender from March AFB, California preparing to refuel a 60th Airlift Wing's C-141 Starlifter over the High Sierra mountains in northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, side view of a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender from March AFB, California preparing to refuel a 60th Airlift Wing's C-141 Starlifter over the High Sierra mountains in northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with left wing high, flying over the hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with left wing high, flying over the hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter airlifter, flying over San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco in the background. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter airlifter, flying over San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco in the background. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with right wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.C-141 Starlifter: Air-to-air, high, front view of a 60th Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter airlifter, with right wing high, flying over the snow-covered hills of northern California. Exact Date Shot Unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: View of the LIttle Rock, AFB, Arkansas flightline during RODEO '93 with participating C-141 Starlifters and KC-10 Extenders aircraft parked on the ramp.C-141 Starlifter: View of the LIttle Rock, AFB, Arkansas flightline during RODEO '93 with participating C-141 Starlifters and KC-10 Extenders aircraft parked on the ramp.

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over the autumn colored trees near McGuire AFB. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over the autumn colored trees near McGuire AFB. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air side view of 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter, flying over forests with fall leaf color in the background. The C-141, tail No. 70166, with a white painted fuselage is used to transport senior civilian and military officials. Exact date shot unknown.C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air side view of 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter, flying over forests with fall leaf color in the background. The C-141, tail No. 70166, with a white painted fuselage is used to transport senior civilian and military officials. Exact date shot unknown.

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air left side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air left side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over the autumn colored trees and waterways near McGuire AFB. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over the autumn colored trees and waterways near McGuire AFB. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter, flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The C-141, tail #70166, with a white painted fuselage is used to transport senior civilian and military officials. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter, flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The C-141, tail #70166, with a white painted fuselage is used to transport senior civilian and military officials. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over the coastline of New Jersey. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air right side view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying over the coastline of New Jersey. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

C-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air front view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying in the vicinity of McGuire. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot UnknownC-141 Starlifter: An air-to-air front view of a 438th Airlift Wing, C-141 Starlifter flying in the vicinity of McGuire. The C-141, tail #40616 provides long range airlift capability for Air Mobility Command. Exact Date Shot Unknown

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