C-141A Starlifter

Serial Number: 61-2775

Serial number 61-2775 was the very first of 284 C-141A Starlifters ever built and had its maiden flight on 17 December 1963, the 60th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight.

This C-141A Starlifter spent its entire career as a test aircraft in numerous programs. It is one of only two remaining “A” models and is the only known four engine jet used to tow a glider. The last program this A model carried out was to test a new tension rope from NASA while towing a QF-106 in air.


Introduced to replace slower piston-engined cargo planes such as the C-124 Globemaster II, the C-141 was designed to requirements set in 1960 and first flew in 1963. Production deliveries of an eventual 285 planes began in 1965: 284 for the Air Force, and one for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for use as an airborne observatory.

The C-141 Starlifter was the workhorse of the Air Mobility Command from the 1970s into the early 2000s. The Starlifter fulfilled the vast spectrum of airlift requirements through its ability to airlift combat forces over long distances, delivering those forces and their equipment either by air, land or airdrop, resupply forces and transport the sick and wounded from the hostile area to advanced medical facilities.

  • Manufacturer: Lockheed
  • First Flight: 17 Dec 1963
  • Retired:
  • Crew: Two pilots, two flight engineers, one navigator, one loadmaster; five medical crew on medevac missions
  • Payload: 50,000 lbs
  • Length: 145 ft
  • Wingspan: 160 ft
  • Height: 39 ft 3 in
  • Empty Weight: 136,900 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 323,100 lbs
  • Powerplant: 4x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofans
  • Maximum Speed: 565 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 491 mph
  • Range: 3,600 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 42,250 ft
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's C-141A Starlifter, serial number 61-2775:

Date Location
7 Sept 1963 First C-141A built—Completed as test aircraft C-141A, gained by Systems Command
17 Dec 1963 First flight
31 Mar 1964 Converted as test aircraft from C-141A to JC-141A
31 May 1967 Converted as test aircraft from JC-141A to C-141A
25 Sept 1969 Converted as test aircraft from C-141A to NC-141A
12 Dec 1969 Assigned as test aircraft, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Systems Command
30 Nov 1972 Assigned as test aircraft, 4950th Test Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Systems Command
4 Sept 1996 Assigned as NC-141A test aircraft, 4950th Test Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Systems Command

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