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This Day in Georgia History

December 17, 1963

C-141A First Test Flight

The C-141A aircraft made its first successful test flight. Flying over Dobbins AFB, Georgia (Lockheed-Georgia plant) the Starlifter flew for 35 minutes. The original C-141A cargo aircraft had the ability to travel up to 500 m.p.h. and carry 154 troops,123 paratroopers, or a 70,000-pound payload. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]