This website is about the C-141 flying squadrons and the assigned members during the aircrafts operational years from 1964 – 2006.
The 1741st Air Transport Squadron assigned to the 1707th Air Transport Wing (ATW), Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma would be the first squadron to fly the C-141 aircraft (In January 1966 the 1741st was redesignated 57th Military Airlift Squadron). The first unit assigned C-141 was aircraft tail number 63-8078 named the "Spirit of Oklahoma City". Aircraft tail number 63-8078 arrived at Tinker Air Force Base on 19 October 1964 and was assigned to the 1707 ATW.
The 44th Air Transport Squadron (ATS), 1501st Air Transport Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California was the first line squadron to fly the C-141. On 23 April 1965, the 44th flew the C-141 (tail number 63-8088 named “Golden Bear”) from the Lockheed factory in GA to Travis Air Force base, CA. The first crew from the 44th to fly the C-141 was as follows: Lt Col Weldon D. Newquist, AC; Lt Col Vere Short, CP; Capt James M. Davis, Nav; CMSgt Daniel M. Lawson, FE; CMSgt William J. Malone, FE; MSgt Thomas P. O’Keefe, LM; TSgt Vernon N. Smith, LM.
On Sept. 16 2004, the 6th Airlift Squadron and the last active duty unit to fly the C-141, flew the last C-141 assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) at McGuire Air Force Base, serial number 64-0633, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ for permanent storage.
The last squadron to fly the C-141 was the 356th Airlift Squadron a unit of the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. The last flight for the C-141 aircraft was on 6 May, 2006. Fittingly, the last flying C-141, tail number 66-0177, was also the very first American aircraft to land at Gia Lam Airport, Hanoi, North Vietnam February 12, 1973 to pick up prisoners-of-war. Because of that singular honor it was dubbed the “Hanoi Taxi.”
Please visit each squadron and learn about its history and lineage, (family tree).
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