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Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter"

The C-141 "Starlifter" was the continuance of the U.S. Air Force need for a large jet propelled cargo/personnel transport with global operations within its Military Airlift Command (MAC). Powered by (4) Pratt & Whitney Turbofan Jet engines, each developing up to 21,000 lbs of thrust, the C-141A had a maximum air speed of 560 mph and a range of 3,000 miles. Its wing was mounted high on it fuselage to provide maximum cabin space for carrying either 155 troops, 120 fully equipped paratroopers or 80 medical evacuation stretchers and a staff of 16 medical attendants. First incorporated into the MAC command in 1965, it was soon heavily involved in the transport of troops and supplies during the Vietnam War. Access to the cargo bay is through (2) rear hydraulically operated clamshell cargo doors. With such distance and cargo demands for the Vietnam War, the C-141A "Starlifter" was retrofitted to allow in-flight refueling, its fuselage was extended 23 feet and designated as the C-141B. Approximately 300 aircraft were manufactured and retrofitted until all C-141B were modified by the late 1970's.



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