C-141B Starlifter

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Manufacturer: Lockheed
Designation: C-141
Version: B
Nickname: Starlifter
Type: Cargo / Transport
Length: 169'
Height: 39'
Wingspan: 160'
Payload: 70,800 lbs A model 91,080 lbs B model
Empty Weight: 148,120 lbs
Gross Weight: 343,000 lbs
No. of Engines: 4
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney TF-33-P7
Horsepower (each): 20,950 lb thrust
Range: 2,960 miles + in-flight refueling
Cruise Speed: 495 mph
Max Speed: 566 mph
Ceiling: 42,250 ft

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

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.