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Still, by late 1972, the Lockheed C--141 Starlifter handled the prominent numbers of missions to Vietnam air bases.
When Lockheed was nearing the end of its C-141 Starlifter contract at its Marietta, Georgia, plant, the company began its pursuit of a contract for another transport plane, the C-5A Galaxy.
That's because the MLRS had to be light enough to be air-lifted by the C-141 Starlifter. Steel roadwheels, NSN 2530-01-310-2237, made the vehicle too heavy.
Rupp is a career aircraft maintenance officer with 18 years of experience supporting Air Mobility Command's strategic airlift aircraft, to include the C-141B Starlifter (now retired), the C-5A/B/C Galaxy, and the C-17 Globemaster III.
My "First Pilot" checkride years ago on an Air Force C-141 Starlifter was a flight from McChord AFB in Washington State (KTCM) to March ARB in Southern California (KRIV).
The building has also been used to assemble the C-141 Starlifter and the C-5 Galaxy strategic lift aircraft.
He is a command pilot with more than 5,400 hours in a variety of aircraft including the C-141 Starlifter and C-17 Globemaster III.
During Operation Desert Storm, she flew the C-141 Starlifter, a troop and cargo carrier, delivering "everything from toilet paper to helicopters to our soldiers.
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.
They have been supplemented, when necessary, by C-5 Galaxy and C-141 Starlifter crews from the Air Force's Air Mobility Command.
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.
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.