Kit #AA2081. 1/72 scale. This is
a highly-detailed resin kit of the Lockheed
C-141A Starlifter, the first purpose-built all-jet cargo aircraft, complete
In 1960, the U.S. Air Force
issued a requirement for a jet powered strategic AND tactical transport aircraft
that could rapidly move U.S. Army troops or military cargo anywhere in the
world. In stiff competition with Douglas, Boeing and General Dynamics, Lockheed’s
Model 300 design was approved for design - five test-aircraft were ordered. In
1965, the first operational C-141As were delivered to units of the Military Air
Transport Service, and they were quickly pressed into service as strategic
airlifters in Southeast Asia.
They remained the backbone of the
Air Force’s strategic airlift until the Paris Peace Accords were signed – then the
C-141s were pressed into service to return prisoners of war held in North
Vietnam. C-141 66-0177 – nicknamed the Hanoi Taxi – transported the first group
of repatriated POWs from Hanoi to Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
In 1979 MAC initiated a cargo
capacity upgrade program for its C-141A fleet, stretching the cargo compartment
and adding an in-flight refueling system. This stretched C-141A was designated
C-141B (also available from Anigrand). This model is of the C-141A.