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Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:56 am

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:10 am

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:44 am

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.
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Thu Apr 14, 2005 4:17 pm

The C-141A/B/Cs served us well. Rest in peace, my friend.
 
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:59 pm

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.
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Fri Apr 15, 2005 7:06 am

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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:33 pm

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:34 pm

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.
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:02 am

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:59 am

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:45 pm

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

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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Tue Apr 19, 2005 10:52 pm

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.
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:51 am

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Sun Apr 24, 2005 11:28 pm

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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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:47 am

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.
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Sun May 01, 2005 12:41 am

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

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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Mon May 02, 2005 3:58 am

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!
 
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RE: Last C-141s To Be Retired This Month

Mon May 02, 2005 5:36 am

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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