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Position:Lockheed C-141 Starlifter - Brief article

The Aircraft is the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. The Air Force bought a total of 285 Starlifters, with the first operational C--141A entering the USAF inventory in 1965. Soon after the Air Force began flying the Starlifter, the Air Force discovered that Starlifter's were "cubing out" for cargo rather than "weighting out." Simply put, Starlifters were running out of space to carry cargo before they were running out of lift capacity for the cargo. The solution to the problem was the C--141B: The Air Force modified the C-141A by increasing their length 23.3 feet and adding a refueling capability. As seen in the picture on this page, the difference between the C--141A and C--141B is easily visible. The C--141 was later modified with a glass cockpit and strengthened wings and designated as the C--141C.

At the end of the Vietnam War, the first forty American POWs to fly out of Hanoi flew on a Starlifter (66-0177) (above). The...

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