The amazing C-141 Starlifter transport plane is being retired and will no longer be produced at Lockheed. This plane had an amazing military career and brought many jobs to Lockheed Martin. Did you know anyone that flew in once of these or worked on them at Lockheed? We would love to hear about this from you – Share your opinions below!
MARIETTA, GA (AP) — The C-141 Starlifter transport plane designed and produced by Lockheed-Martin’s Marietta plant has been retired after a distinguished 43-year career. The cargo plane’s career included service in every military operation from Vietnam to Iraq.
It served as a massive air ambulance, a troop transport and as the plane that brought the first American prisoners of war out of Vietnam. For that duty it was dubbed the “Hanoi Taxi.”
From 1963 to 1968, a total of 285 C-141 planes were built at the Marietta plant. Of the surviving planes, 13 are now in museums, NASA owns one and 251 already have been retired.
In its most upgraded form, the C-141-B, the airplane could carry 200 troops, 155 paratroops, 14 aeromedical attendants and a maximum cargo of 68-thousnd, 725 pounds. It had its own oxygen lines for patients and could be used as a massive ambulance for wounded.
A C-141 Air Force Reserve transport plane, the last in service, was retired May 6th after landing near the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson air base in Ohio. Some of the veterans and pilots wept when the engines were shut down.