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The Reserve gave McGregor the opportunity to switch aircraft platforms once again--from the C-141 to the G-130B Hercules--out of Kelly AFB, Texas, which was much more conducive to his status as a full-time student.
Now that the C-141 has been retired, that restriction has been lifted.
The US Air Force C-141 Starlifter then took off in the minus 25C cold to complete a 4,800-mile round trip to Christchurch, New Zealand.
That's considerably shorter than Lockheed: Martin's 247 feet-long C5 Galaxy, but much lengthier than the 93-foot C-141 Starlifter and the 100-foot MC-130 Combat Talon.
It was developed as a replacement for the Lockheed Martin C-141 StarLifter (the service's first strategic jet transport) and entered service in 1995.
A pair of surface-to-air missiles were fired at a C-141, flying at 14,000ft.
Without the USAF's fleet of C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules, and C-141 Starlifter aircraft (though the C-141 is being retired beginning this summer) -- as well as Air Force Speacial Operations Command (AFSOC) MC-130 Combat Talons -- the US military machine would not have the global reach it requires to get critical personnel and supplies into theaters worldwide.
The former POWs were flown to the Ramstein Air Base from Kuwait aboard a C-141 transport plane.
RELIEF: Army Spc Shoshana Johnson (below) is carried on a stretcher off a C-141 military plane on US Air Base Ramstein, southern Germany to be welcomed by army members.
I flew as a navigator on C-141 cargo jets and KC-135 tankers for the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
The final Air Force package supporting the DRB portion of outload operations on Green Ramp consisted of 51 C-141 aircraft (20 for people, 28 for heavy equipment, and 3 container delivery system [CDS] aircraft).