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C-141 Starlifter Specifications
Primary Function: Long-range troop and cargo airlift
Contractor: Lockheed-Georgia Co.
Crew: Six (pilot, co-pilot, two loadmasters, and two flight engineers)
Unit Cost: $42.3 million (FY98 constant dollars) -- C-141B
  Four Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofan engines (20,250 pounds (9,112.5 kilograms) each)
Length: 168 feet, 4 inches (51 meters)
Wingspan: 160 feet (48.5 meters)
Height: 39 feet, 3 inches (11.9 meters)
Empty: 148,120 lb (67186 kg) -- C-141B
Maximum Takeoff: 323,100 pounds (145,395 kilograms)
Speed: 500 mph (Mach 0.66)
Ceiling: 41,000 feet (12,424 meters)
Range: 2,500 miles (2,174 nautical miles)

C-141 Starlifter Achievements
  • The C-141A was Air Mobility Command's first jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop and cargo carrier.

C-141 Starlifter Features

  The C-141B is a "stretched" C-141A with in-flight refueling capability. The stretching of the Starlifter consisted of lengthening the planes 23 feet 4 inches (7.11 meters). The added length increased the C-141 cargo capacity by about one-third, for an extra 2,171 cubic feet (62.03 cubic meters). The lengthening of the aircraft had the same overall effect as increasing the number of aircraft by 30 percent. The C-141A, built between 1963 and 1967, was AMC's first jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop and cargo carrier. The development of the B model was the most cost-effective method of increasing AMC's airlift capability.

  A universal air refueling receptacle on the C-141B, with the ability to transfer 23,592 gallons (89,649.6 liters) in about 26 minutes, means longer non-stop flights and fewer fuel stops at overseas bases during worldwide airlift missions.

  The C-141 force, nearing nine million flying hours, has a proven reliability and long-range capability. In addition to training, worldwide airlift and combat support, the C-141 has amassed a laudatory record in response to humanitarian crises.

  The C-141, with its changeable cargo compartment, can transition from rollers on the floor for palletized cargo to a smooth floor for wheeled vehicles to aft facing seats or sidewall canvas seats for passengers, quickly and easily, to handle over 30 different missions.

C-141 Starlifter Background

  C-141s are stationed at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.; McChord AFB, Wash.; McGuire AFB, N.J.; and Travis AFB, Calif. AMC began transferring C-141s to the Air Reserve and Air National Guard forces in July 1986. The first Air Reserve unit was Andrews AFB, Md., followed by others now at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; and Air National Guard units at Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.

  The first C-141A, delivered to Tinker AFB, Okla., in October 1964, began squadron operations in April 1965. The C-141 was the first jet transport from which U.S. Army paratroopers jumped, and the first to land in the Antarctic. The first C-141B was received by the Air Force in December 1979. Conversion from A to B models was completed in 1982.

  The C-141 continues to be the backbone of military airlift capability and the cornerstone of a valuable national asset -- airlift. The C-141's reliability and intrinsic capabilities enable AMC to meet any commitment anywhere national interest dictates.

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