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Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month  
User currently offlineSocal From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3600 times:

AFRC's last C-141's will be retired this month from March ARB, CA.They will be flown to Arizona and retired. They will be able to enjoy the warm sun of the desert.  bigthumbsup   airplane   cool 


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User currently offlineUSAFMXOfficer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

Is there going to be some sort of ceremony or something? I hope so, what an important aircraft the -141 was. I hope someone at least snaps a couple photos of the last takeoff and landing....


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3552 times:

Quoting Socal (Thread starter):
They will be able to enjoy the warm sun of the desert

More likely they'll enjoy the cold steel of the choppers blade. The jets already there are getting stripped, chopped, and smelted rapidly.

Quoting USAFMXOfficer (Reply 1):
Is there going to be some sort of ceremony or something? I hope so, what an important aircraft the -141 was. I hope someone at least snaps a couple photos of the last takeoff and landing....

I've seen a number of ceremonies as units retire their last example. I'm sure Air Force News will do a story w/video.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3501 times:

The C-141A/B/Cs served us well. Rest in peace, my friend.

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

The Air Force Reserve Unit at Wright-Patterson AFB is flying C-141's; one of their airplanes is one of the three C-141's used to bring the POW's back from Hanoi at the end of the Vietnam War. The planes are named "Hanoi Taxi".
That airplane is slated for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and it is not scheduled to be turned over to the museum until early in 2006, so I don't think the retirement of the west coast C-141's is the last of the C-141 flying.
That airplane is usually at the Dayton Air Show with the cabin turned into a photo gallery of those repatriation flights.


User currently offlineAeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

What a great aircraft:

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1965-2005



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User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

im pretty sure wright pat has a few c-141c's still flying and they should be around for at least a couple more years.


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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

Quoting Galaxy5 (Reply 6):
im pretty sure wright pat has a few c-141c's still flying and they should be around for at least a couple more years.

They are supposed to get C-5s to replace their 141s which, from what I have heard, screws up that squadron's mission. They were always big on medevac stuff and for some reason that fit better with the reservists schedules than the C-5 mission of moving big stuff around. At least that is what someone was saying on the Dayton news a few months ago. It has been a few months since I visited home so I can't say for certain if the C-5s are starting to show up, there weren't any there in December though, for what that is worth.


User currently offlineN1641 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

the Wright-Patt C-141's still have around 1 more year, yes C-5's will replace them, expect to see them arriving soon

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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Such a shame to hear this; I saw my first (and probably last) 141, the Hanoi Air Taxi, at last year's AirVenture. Quite a nice aircraft. R.I.P. Starlifter!

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User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Is NASA's 141 still around? I remember seeing it long ago at Travis airshows.

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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Quoting Pilottj (Reply 10):
Is NASA's 141 still around? I remember seeing it long ago at Travis airshows

Long gone. It's being replaced by 747SP. Google on "SOFIA" for more info.


User currently offlineTonyosborne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 62 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

We in the UK get to see Hanoi Taxi for one last time, she's appearing at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in July so there's sure to be loads of photos of her appearing afterwards...


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User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

I had a chance to ride on the C-141 when I was travelling from Guam to Hawaii, gotta admit, it was a terrible ride. The aircraft was cold & noisy, but, looking back, kind of fun that I was able to ride in it.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Quoting MidnightMike (Reply 13):
I had a chance to ride on the C-141 when I was travelling from Guam to Hawaii, gotta admit, it was a terrible ride. The aircraft was cold & noisy, but, looking back, kind of fun that I was able to ride in it.

I got to ride it a number of times, always in the webbed sidewall seats, and always it seems with kids aboard.

The load usually spread a blanket on the floor for the kids and the kids seemed to have a good time at least compared to flying commercial, lots of play room. I don't remember any whining and crying -- the ear plugs might have had something to do with that  Smile. Wish I had a pix of those kids.


User currently offlineEchster From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

TUCSON, ARIZ - The final flight Friday of March Air Reserve Base's last C-141 Starlifter cargo plane didn't go off quite as planned.

The sentimental journey for many of the crew and passengers who rode the short hop to the Air Force "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson was delayed for two hours by a faulty engine starter.


http://www.pe.com/localnews/riversid.../PE_News_Local_C_last30.a248b.html

The first of March's C-17 Globemaster III is scheduled to arrive August 9th. They will have 1 or 2 loaned C-17s from McChord until then.


User currently offlineFredplt From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

It's a sad day when a plane that still can do its job well is retired to make room for a newer plane. We have tankers that are going to start having thier wings fall off in flight, but screw that, let's retire all the C141s so we can justify the C17 even more. I will miss seeing the 141s, and the troops will miss the amazing med-evac capability of the 141 as well!

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

Quoting Fredplt (Reply 16):
It's a sad day when a plane that still can do its job well is retired to make room for a newer plane. We have tankers that are going to start having thier wings fall off in flight, but screw that, let's retire all the C141s so we can justify the C17 even more. I will miss seeing the 141s, and the troops will miss the amazing med-evac capability of the 141 as well!

FRED -- you just don't like the C-17 do you?

The 141 developed structural issues -- windshield, weep holes, etc. that were excacerbated by the "B" stretch and by the ops tempo of the last 15 years. I wonder how long they would have lasted had they remained "A" models?

BTW: Everything I've read on this forum from KC135TopBoom and Duce seems to indicate they don't have a problem with either the KC-10 or KC-135 lasting a good long while yet.


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