Need history.....please help
4953d Test Sq, 1975-93
New-- under Construction
C-141A Aircraft Flown: C-141A - 61-2775, 61-2776, 61-2777, 61-2779
776, and 777 were pre-production prototypes. These aircraft had multiple subtle
differences evolved during design, most notable was the main crew door, which
was hinged on the top and opened outward from the bottom. These aircraft were
never fitted with air refueling capability and were never converted to C-141Bs.
- 61-2775 was
the first C-141 to enter service. She was named "First of the
Fleet"; now on static display at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover
- 61-2776 was
named the "Desert Rat" by her Crew Chiefs, TSgt Patrick Goss and
SrA Derek Whisler for her participation in Operation Desert Shield/Desert
Storm. She was mainly configured for Central Inertial Guidance Test
Facility (CIGTF) missions and regularly performed cargo operations and
unique missions such as "ARIA Rescue". She was retired to the
bone yard at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and "guillotined".
- 61-2777 was
named "The Gambler" by her Crew Chief, WG-13 Sam Brasel. She had
a large 'tail can or beer can' appendage added to support tests of various
tail-warning detector sensor systems, as well as a side-mounted radome
'bubble' for testing side-looking radars. She was also retired to the bone
yard at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and "guillotined".