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C-141 Starlifter  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1965
Total Production: 285
Unitary Cost: USD$48 million
Also Known As: C-141A, C-141B and C-141C
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: C-141 Starlifter
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1965
Total Production: 285
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Description: The C-141 Starlifter was designed to meet the United States Air Force (USAF) requirements for a global range transport aircraft capable of carrying a wide range of payloads over long distances. The C-141A model achieved initial operational capability with the USAF in 1965. From 1963 through 1968 the USAF received 285 such aircraft. The C-141B features a stretched fuselage and was first delivered to the USAF in December 1979. In addition, C-141B also features higher cargo capacity as well as in-flight refueling capability. All C-141B were upgraded from existing A models with last conversion aircraft delivered in 1982. The C-141C aircraft features advanced avionics. Conversion to the C model started in 1997 and was complete in 2001.

The C-141 Starlifter strategic transport aircraft can carry and deliver military equipment, weaponry, troops, paratroopers and wounded while operating in extreme conditions. Air refueling increases the aircraft range and makes possible to conduct nonstop flights to anywhere on the globe. Four TF33-P-7 turbofan engines rated at 20,250 pounds each power this aircraft allowing to fly at Mach 0.74. Since its first flight in 1964 the C-141 has been deployed in many conflicts such as Vietnam and the Gulf War in 1990-1991 logging more than nine million flight hours carrying cargo and personnel.

In the 1990s the USAF began replacing the C-141 aircraft fleet by the more capable C-17 Globemaster III which better responds to the requirements for global transportation in the post cold war age. As of September 2005 between 10 and 20 C-141s are still in operational service with the Air Force Reserve which is expected to retire the last C-141 in the spring of 2006 putting an end to 41 years of C-141 prestigious history.

C-141 Starlifter Specifications

Crew: 6
Number of Engines: 4
Troops: 200
Dimensions
Height: 11.9 meter (39.0 foot)
Length: 51 meter (167 foot)
Wingspan: 49 meter (160 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 12,500 meter (41,010 foot)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 886 kph (551 mph)
Weight
Cargo: 31,000 kilogram
Max Takeoff Thrust: 81,000 pound (36,742 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 147 ton (324,074 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Propulsion Systems
TF33-P-7x4
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