In the early 60's the AF issued a document called SOR 182. This was a statement of the
Air Force requirements for what was to become the C-141. Lockheed and other manufacturers
responded with proposals to the AF detailing their solutions to the requirements listed in
SOR 182. We are still looking for a copy of the complete SOR 182 document, and are hopeful
that it will turn up and somebody will submit a copy to C141Heaven for inclusion here.
In the mean time, here's a set of link's to a 5 documents that comprise Lockheed's proposal to the AF for the C-141. I don't know if this is the final copy or an interim draft, but be warned, these are MASSIVE PDF copies of hundreds of pages of documents and will take a while to download. Each is between about 20mb and 50mb in size.
They make fascinating reading. There are lots of 'concept' drawings of things that never materialized, detailed cost work-ups (did you know [or remember] that direct labor costs were about $2.75 an hour in 1960!), proposed flight-deck panel layouts, and so on.. There's just no end to how much time you can spend looking over this stuff.
Download them to your local PC for viewing offline.