Lockheed Martin C-141 Starlifter "Hanoi Taxi" 1/100 Scale Mahogany Model

$ 159.95

Introducing the ready-built C-141 Starlifter Desktop Model. This 1/104 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 19.25 inches and a length of 20.25 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.

The C-141 Starlifter, also known as "Hanoi Taxi", was manufactured by Lockheed Corporation. This military strategic airlift aircraft was the world's first turbofan-powered transport and it served as a major component of the U.S. strategic airlift force since it entered operational service in 1965. The aircraft recorded more than 10.6 million operational hours in over four decades of service.

In 2005, Hanoi Taxi was one of the aircraft marshaled by the Air Force to provide evacuation for those seeking refuge from Hurricane Katrina. This aircraft and others evacuated thousands of people, including the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) of hundreds of ill & injured. At the end of its career as at the beginning, this aircraft brought Americans out of a hostile environment and back to safety.

On May 6, 2006 at 9:30 AM, the Hanoi Taxi touched down for the last time and was received in a formal retirement ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Riverside, Ohio near Dayton. Hanoi Taxi is now part of the permanent static display collection of the Museum.

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