Starlifter Walkaround — Lockheed’s C-141, Part 1
47° 08′ 00″ N / 122° 28′ 58″ W
The Starlifter replaced propeller cargo aircraft in the USAF and served 40 years providing logistical support and paradrop capabilities far from its bases with its nearly 3000 mile range. The C-135 Stratolifter was the first turbojet powered cargo aircraft for the USAF though it was a stopgap until a turbojet powered cargo aircraft with a rear or front loading ramp could be on the flight line. The C-141 is also the first turbojet aircraft designed for cargo.
A number of these aircraft are on display and this excellent example is located at the Heritage Hill Park of the McChord Air Museum…Part 2 of this walkaround will be in the next post.