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Typical C-141 Mission
Here's a leg by leg account of a Vietnam era mission flown from Dover AFB, Delaware to Da Nang Vietnam in October, 1967. The crews flying missions to Vietnam staged at different locations and went into crew rest after each leg of the mission. The aircraft continued with a staged crew and made the round trip from Dover AFB to Vietnam and back to Dover in an average of 45 flying hours, while the the crews made the trip in five days or more depending on the length of crew rest and the specific routing they ended up taking.
06 October 67: Take off from Dover AFB at 2126Z hr.
07 October 67: Land at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska at 052SZ hr. (7+59 flying Time) Crew rest at Elmendorf.
08 October 67: Take off from Elmendorf at 0719Z hr. (Tail #271, Charleston AFB aircraft). Land at Yakota AFB, Japan at 1619Z hr (9+0 flying Time) Enter crew rest.
09 October 67: Take off from Yakola at 1750Z hr. (Tail #265). Land at Clark AFB, PI at 2215Z hr. (4+25 flying time)
10 October 67; Take off from Clark at 0233Z hr. (Tail #265). Land at Yakota AFB, Japan at 0705Z hr. (flying tune 3+42) Crew rest at Yakota.
lO October 67: Take off from Yakota for Cam Ranh Bay, Viet Nam at 2030Z hr. (Tail #202 Charleston aircraft) Had mechanical problems and aborted the mission. Diverted to Kadena AFB, Okinawa. Landed at Kadena at 2400Z hr, (3+30 flying time)
11 October 67: Take off from Kadena at 1738Z hr (Tail #219, Charleston Aircraft) Land at Da Nang, Viet Nam at 2045Z hr, (3+07 flying Time) Take off from Da Nang at 2208Zhr. (same airplane)
12 October 67: Land At Kadena 0130Z hr (3+22 flying time) Crew rest at Kadena. Take off from Kadena at 2320Z hr, (Tail #629 Charleston Aircraft)
13 October 67: Land at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska at 081OZ hr. (8+50 flying Time) Crew rest at Elmendorf.
14 October 67: Take off from Elmendorf at 0324Z hr. (Tail # 642) Land at Dover AFB at 1032Z hr.(7+08 flying time) Total flying time for the mission was 51+03 and one (1) Combat Sortie.
I had three days crew rest at home and then back to the Flight Engineers scheduling desk, scheduling Engineers for world wide missions similar to this one.