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Starlifter Walkaround — Lockheed’s C-141, Part 1

30 November 2015

47° 08′ 00″ N / 122° 28′ 58″ W

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

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.

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter— photo by Joseph May

Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — photo by Joseph May

Cockpit of this Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — Miroslav Bundy photo (used with permission)

Cockpit of this Lockheed C-141B Starlifter — Miroslav Bundy photo (used with permission)

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  1. 30 November 2015 12:44

    That brings back a few memories.

    I visited McChord once when the C-141 was still in service and they had them stationed there. It was 1987 and they were in the wraparound “Lizard” camo by then.

    We used to see them fairly regularly at CFB Edmonton, near where I grew up, when it was still an air base.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 November 2015 22:55

      They are graceful in the cargo aircraft genre, aren’t they?

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