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Copyright: 1996 Peter A. Bird

Copyright: 1996 Peter A. Bird


Date:March 28, 1978
Notice the 'odd-ball' prototype desert tan paint scheme.
Copyright: Nicholas Williams


More views of Balls-21 desert tab paint job.

about 1978-1979 at Rhein Main AFB, Germany
Copyright: Richard Figueroa.

Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton


Here's a couple more individual pics made back in 1977 or 78. At the time the aircraft was stationed at McGuire AFB NJ and it had a unique camouflaged scheme. At the same time Charleston received its first camo bird and it was (I think) 65-0270. The Charleston bird was the European Green that was famous back in the late 70's thru 90 or so before they went flat grey. The McGuire was a tan and grey.

What was unique about this was the texture of the paint. It had a rough sandpaper feel to it. The "MAC crewmember's rumor control communication system" said it was some type of RAM (Radar Absorbent Material) that made it invisible to radar. Maybe, but can you really paint a "barn" with a special paint and make it disappear? This was in the pre-stealth fighter (F-117) days so it made for a good NCO Club story.

I actually flew on the aircraft two different times on stateside missions. One thing I do remember was that the basic weight of the aircraft was several thousands pounds more than a standard C-141A and I remember the flight engineers committing on it had a higher fuel consumption. Seems like it sucked down around 14,000 pounds per hour rather than the normal 12,000 pounds.

"Bundle Bill" Hamilton
Charleston AFB SC

Copyright: John Smith

June 1980-Paul Minert

June 1980-Paul Minert


Copyright: Williams

Copyright: Don Gilham

Copyright: Don Gilham


Copyright: Michael Baldock

Copyright: David Unsworth


Copyright: Guido Latz

Copyright: Guido Latz


Copyright: John Smith
European Green


March 2000-Paul Minert

9/15/2004 -- At AMARC -- Copyright:Phil Kovaric




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