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Retirement of the Hanoi Taxi-

Discussion in 'Balboa Park' started by BFISA, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    I know there's a thread already established for aircraft, but this is too important and deserves its own thread, sooooo

    The retirement flight of Lockheed's C-141 "The Hanoi Taxi"...

    Just a little bit of military history you might be interested in seeing.

    C-141 Tail Number 60177 was the last of the 285 C-141's built by Lockheed to leave active service. She flew 100 POWs out of Hanoi on 12 February 1973, some of them tasting freedom for the first time in six years. Each POW put their shot-down date on the face of the oxygen panel during their flight to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. For her retirement ceremony, some of the POWs she brought home were brought back for the ceremony and one last flight by this gracious lady. Most of them are seniors now but their enthusiasm, emotions, and excitement were evident during this flight and retirement ceremony. She was then flown to Dayton, Ohio where she will spend her final days in the Air Force Museum.

  2. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    I flew in a C-141, we took off from Beale AFB and went to Mildenhall AB in England. It was my first trip to England, and we flew with some of our Aerospace Ground Support Equipment.

    My second trip back to England was in a C-5.

    One of the guys that I worked with at Beale became a Flight Engineer, and he was assigned to a C-141 Squadron. I am sure he went around the world a few times over in one.

    I never really heard a bad word about them.

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