1/144 scale Lockheed C-141A Starlifter - Hanoi Taxi, Strategic transport / long-range airlifter

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#AA-4041A   1/144 scale  Lockheed C-141A Hanoi Taxi  Operation Homecoming

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

100 resin parts +

Clear-cast canopy & decal

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Span 338 mm

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Length 306 mm

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Unit price: US$98

Shipping charge: US$16

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1959, the U.S.A.F. issued a requirement for a jet powered, fast and strategic transport aircraft that would serve as a "work horse" for rapidly moving U.S. Army troops anywhere in the world. Lockheed responded to the requirement with the Model 300 and was received contract for five test-aircrafts to be designated C-141. Although operational testing continue, the Air Force needs due the involvement in South Vietnam soon had production aircraft C-141A involved in operational sorties to the combat zone. In 1965, the first operational C-141A delivery to units of the MATS. Soon the C-141A made flights almost daily to Southeast Asia. In January 1973, the Paris Peace Accords called for a ceasefire along with the withdrawal of US force in South Vietnam and the repatriation of prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. A C-141 66-0177 transported the first group of repatriated POWs from Hanoi to Clark AB, Philippines, so it was picked up nickname Hanoi Taxi. In 1979 MAC initiated a cargo capacity upgrade program for its C-141A fleet. The project added an inflight refueling system and lengthened the fuselage. The stretched C-141A was designated C-141B.

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Strategic transport / long-range airlifter

To meet the USAF's "Specific Operational Requirement 182" to replace slower piston-engined cargo planes

160ft.

145ft.

39ft.3in.

4x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofan engine

567 mph

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154 troops, or 70850 pounds cargo

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Model References

The Lockheed C-141A Hanoi Taxi package contents secret aircraft kits of three 1/144 Lockheed designs as bonus:

The model kit decals able to build the "61-2778 world's first jet airlifter" or "66-0177 Hanoi-taxi" optionally!

The Lockheed C-141A is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S. Transport aircraft 1946 ~ 1962

Douglas XC-112 (C-54) Liftmaster

Curtiss XC-113 (C-46G) Commando

Douglas XC-114 (C-54) Skymaster

Douglas XC-115 (C-54) Skymaster

Douglas XC-116 (C-54) Skymaster II

Douglas C-117 (C-47) Skytrain II

Douglas C-118A (R6D-1 / C-54) Liftmaster

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

Fairchild XC-120 Packplane

Lockheed C-121 Constellation

Chase YC-122 (XCG-18A) Avitruc

Fairchild C-123 Provider

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

Northrop YC-125 Radier

Cessna LC-126

DeHavilland C-127 (L-20 / U-6) Beaver

Fairchild C-128 (C-119D)

Douglas YC-129 Super Dakota

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Convair C-131 Samaritan

Douglas XC-132

Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

Stroukoff C-134 (C-123B) Pantobase

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

Fairchild C-136 (C-123B)

Boeing VC-137 Air Force One

Fairchild C-138 (F-27)

Lockheed SC-139 (P2V-1) Neptune

Lockheed C-140 Jetstar

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

Ling-Temco-Vought XC-142

Curtiss-Wright XC-143 (X-19)

The operation "Homecoming" 1973

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

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The Vietnam War operation 1959 ~ 1975