C-141B Starlifter

Manufacturer: Lockheed
Designation: C-141
Version: B
Nickname: Starlifter
Type: Cargo / Transport
Specifications
Length: 169'  
Height: 39'  
Wingspan: 160'  
Payload: 90,880 lbs  
Empty Weight: 148,120 lbs  
Gross Weight: 343,000 lbs  
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 4
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney TF33
Horsepower (each): 21,000 lb thrust
Performance
Range: unlimited with in-flight refueling  
Cruise Speed: 495-566 mph    
Max Speed: 495-566 mph    
Ceiling:    

In over forty years of service, stretching from the jungles of Vietnam to the
deserts of the Persian Gulf, the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter the Air Force’s first
jet-powered, heavy-lift cargo aircraft has earned the title of Americas airlift
workhorse.

A product of John F. Kennedy’s first official order as President, the C-141
was designed to be a fast, long-range strategic and tactical transport capable
of delivering 60,000 pounds of cargo 3,500 miles while retaining the slow speed
capability to airdrop paratroopers and cargo while in-flight. Produced on-time
and under budget, Lockheed engineers gave the C-141 a high-mounted wing swept
back 25 degrees for high-speed performance, powerful flaps for low-speed
capability, four under-wing TF33 turbofan engines, integral wing fuel tanks, a
T-tail, externally housed landing gear, dual paratroop doors and rear-mounted
clamshell doors with an integral loading ramp for quick on and off loads.

Brought into service in October 1964, in less than seven months squadrons of
C-141s began ten years of nearly daily flights into Southeast Asia, carrying
troops, equipment, supplies, medevac’ing wounded and, in 1973’s Operation
Homecoming, repatriating freed POWs. In April 1975, C-141s airlifted the last
remaining American personnel from Saigon as it fell to North Vietnamese forces.

In the following years, Starlifters supplied U.S. forces throughout the
world, aiding in humanitarian efforts and military conflicts in Grenada and
Panama and providing support to Israeli forces during several flare-ups in the
Middle East. In the first half of 1990, modified C-141Bs with 23-foot fuselage
extensions permitting an increased cargo capacity of 13 pallets, 205 troops, 168
fully loaded paratroopers or 103 litters for wounded and equipped with an aerial
re-fueling capability, were engaged in Operation Desert Shield. In an around the
clock strategic airlift push, C-141Bs landed in Saudi Arabia at an astounding
rate of one every seven minutes.

The last C-141 left the U.S. inventory in 2006 replaced by a new generation
of global airlift, the C-17 Globemaster III.

The museum's C-141B Starlifter serial number 65-0257, currently on loan from
the National Museum of the U.S.A.F., the “Spirit of the Inland Empire” entered
active service in 1966. Its assignments have included Travis AFB, CA. McCord
AFB, WA. Norton AFB, CA. and finally the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, at March.
After completing 44,130 flight hours 65-0257 retired and moved across the runway
to the March Field Air Museum on November 10, 1999.

 

According to the AF Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL, this
aircraft had the following history:

- Manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft, Marietta GA and gained by the USAF on
27 May 1966.

- Jun 1966 To 60th Military Airlift Wing (Military Air Transport Command),
Travis AFB CA

- Apr 1971 To 62nd Military Airlift Wing (Military Airlift Command) McChord
AFB WA

- Mar 1982 To Lockheed Aircraft, Marietta (to C-141B)

- Jun 1983 To 62nd Military Airlift Wing (MAC), McChord AFB (deployment to
Travis AFB)

- Nov 1986 To 60th Military Airlift Wing (MAC), Travis AFB   (last
assignment located)

This aircraft is on loan from the Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB,
Ohio.