After the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, his first official act was the ordering of the development of an all-jet transport to extend the reach of US military forces. The new aircraft was to replace slower piston-engined cargo planes such as the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II. The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter was the result of this requirement. It served with the United States Air Force (USAF) as a military strategic airlifter and first flew in 1963. It was the first jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop and cargo carrier. Operated by the Air Mobility Command (AMC) of the USAF, the C-141 can airlift and airdrop equipment, supplies and paratroops, whether at low or high altitudes. A total of 285 planes have been built, 284 for the Air Force and one for NASA.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!