Out of the Way Swine
As it turned out, there was not enough parking on the carrier's decks to make
this program a success. Back in the early 60's Lockheed's farsighted engineers
thoughtfully designed the C-141 wing with 'cracks' to enable quick removal of the
wings for compact storage below decks of aircraft carriers. But on a rolling
carrier deck at sea it was just too time consuming to reattach them before each
Rumsfeld eventually came to his senses, and the program was cancelled.
But by then it was too late. If you've wondered about why the C-141 was painted that horrible gray color, this is the reason. Everything in the Navy is painted gray. (The photo below was of an early test, before this was done to the entire "fleet".) At the start of the COP program the wheels of DoD Procurement began turning and 10,000,000 gallons of gray paint (at a special military price of only $358.27/gallon) had been ordered from Halliburton, on a non-cancellable, no-bid, sole-source contract. Gray was here to stay.
That second C-141 (approaching in the background) was piloted by George Bush.