C-141B Starlifter

Serial Number: 64-0626

Our C-141B Starlifter, 64-0626, was the very last C-141 stationed here at Dover AFB, retiring in February 1996.


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.

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 proved to “bulk out” before it “massed out”, meaning that it often had additional lift capacity that went wasted because the cargo hold was too full. To correct the perceived deficiencies of the original model and utilize the C-141 to the fullest of its capabilities, the entire fleet of 270 in-service C-141As were stretched, adding needed payload volume. These modified aircraft were designated C-141B. Additional fuselage “plug” sections were added before and after the wings, lengthening the fuselage by 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m) and allowing the carriage of 103 litters for wounded, 13 standard pallets, 205 troops, 168 paratroopers, or an equivalent increase in other loads. Also added at this time was a boom receptacle for inflight refueling. The conversion program took place between 1977 and 1982, with first delivery taking place in December 1979. It was estimated that this stretching program was the equivalent of buying 90 new aircraft, in terms of increased capacity.

The aircraft remained in service for almost 40 years until the USAF withdrew the C-141 from service on 5 May 2006, replacing the aircraft with the C-17 Globemaster III.


  • Manufacturer: Lockheed
  • First Flight: 17 December 1963
  • Retired: 6 May 2006
  • Crew: Two pilots, two flight engineers, one navigator, one loadmaster; five medical crew on medevac missions
  • Payload: 70,697 lbs
  • Length: 168 ft 3 in
  • Wingspan: 159 ft 11 in
  • Height: 39 ft 3 in
  • Empty Weight: 114,492 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 342,100 lbs
  • Powerplant: 4x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofans
  • Maximum Speed: 567 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 495 mph
  • Range: 2,935 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 41,000 ft
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's C-141B Starlifter, serial number 64-0626:

Date Location
30 Aug 1965 to 1501st Air Transport Wing (MATS), Travis AFB, CA
10 Jan 1966 to 60th Military Airlift Wing (MATS), Travis AFB, CA
2 Jun 1966 to 436th Military Airlift Wing (MATS), Dover AFB, DE
19 Aug 1973 to 438th Military Airlift Wing (MAC), McGuire AFB, NJ
14 Oct 1981 to 438th Military Airlift Wing (MAC), McGuire AFB, NJ
21 Apr 1989 to 437th Military Airlift Wing (MAC), Charleston AFB, SC
26 Apr 1989 to 438th Military Airlift Wing (MAC), McGuire AFB, NJ
1995 to 305th Air Mobility Wing (MAC), McGuire AFB, NJ
1996 38,038.8 airframe hours


  • I was on the ground crew of this very aircraft at dover from summer 1967 to summer 1968. I learned a lot in that year. I enjoyed keeping it flying. I was what was called APG [ Air Plane General ]. I always wondered if it survived the bone yard. Hope to visit the museum someday. Thanks

  • Retired at Travis in 87 sore using the -21 section or what they used to call 780 gear. Configured the aircraft for missions, litters, cargo, etc.

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