These pages contain patches of anything having to do with the C-141. If you have others, or have information about the designer, origin or special meaning of any of these, please let me know so we can add the information.
Due to the number of patches that have been submitted and obtained various sources, each group of patches is presented on separate pages. For lack of a better way of organizing them, it is done numerically. The first groups are 1-99, 100-199, etc. There are a few extra pages holding various miscellaneous patches such as 'Airlift Rodeo', 'Generic C-141', etc. If you recognize any that a mis-categorized or that belong to a particular squadron or organization, please let me know and I'll correct the listing.
Sources for these images and information include items that were submitted to C-141 Heaven by visitors, eBay listings, and some of the various web sites devoted to patch collectors around the world. One of the best is USAFPATCHES.COM
155th - Memphis
One source says this:
This Mississippi ANG squadron converted from C-124Cs to C-130Es in May 1972 under the 172nd Tactical Airlift Group at Jackson Municipal Airport, MS. In 1981 the "E" models were traded for C-130Hs. They converted to C-141Bs in July 86 and were redesignated the 183d Military Airlift Squadron.
Another says this:
Part of the Tennessee ANG they converted from the C-124C to C-130A in late 1974 under the 164 TAG. They operated their C-130s from Memphis Municipal Airport until conversion to the C-141B took place in 1992.
The patch was designed and produced by an unknown member of the 183rd MAS (172 MAG) Mississippi Air Guard (Jackson) in the year 1990. I suspect the mischievous scoundrel was a flight engineer. I'm quite disappointed with myself that I didn't think of it first. The 183 MAS was one of the first two reserve units to be activated for the 1990-92 Persian Gulf War and one of the last to be released a year later. We were proud that we were among the first to be tested but were mightily ashamed of our prosaic unit patch (see above).
Soon these rebellious patches began to be sold (yes, it was a for-profit enterprise) and they went like hotcakes. The powers-that-be tried to eradicate them without much success. We were scattered all over the globe and on the rare occasions when we transited our mother base we just ripped them off until clear of the base again.
The patch is rough, ragged, and very politically incorrect, although crewdogs of every color wore them. It features a rebel soldier wielding a saber riding a snarling Starlifter and carrying a flag of the state of Mississippi which has a Confederate flag embedded in it. The unit's motto, "Wings of the Deep South" is written in almost undecipherable cursive print on the bottom. I wore it with utmost pride.
Lt. Col. Alan Cockrell USAFR (ret.)
Author of "Tail of the Storm"
Last Updated: 2023-08-19