The C-141 Starlifter was designed as strategic transport by the Lockheed company in the 1960s. First flight was in December 1963. It has 4 Pratt and Whitney TF33 tubofans giving it a maximum speed of about 900 km/hr and a range of 4700 km. The C-141A played an important role in supplying equipment to Israel e.g the Yom Kippur war in 1973 and during the Vietnam war. The aircraft had a large weight lifting capability but the cargo hold often restricted what could be transported. It was decided in mid 1970s to modify many existing aircraft to extend the fuselage by 7,1 meters, creating the C-141B. A later upgrade program with avionics and "glass" cockpit resulted in the C-141C. The type was solely used by the United States Air Force and during subsequent years about 285 aircraft were manufactured.

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Lockheed C-141B Starlifter

This is a C-141B with USAF code "65-0257". It was retired in 1998 and seen at March Field Air Museum, Ca. (USA). 

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION C-141
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.

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A few plastic scale models for a C-141 are available.  Aurora had a rare 1/108 model. In 1/144 Anigrand has a resin kit and Roden an injection molded kit. In 1/200 Dragon, CyberHobby and Italeri ?? have kits.

In 1/72 only a large Anigrand resin kit is now available though in the past vacuforms were released by Combat Models and Nova which are now very rare.

 

This page was first published January 2017 by M. de Vreeze