C-141A Starlifter Model | Hanoi Taxi

Awesome Replica Scale Model of the C-141 Starlifter "Hanoi Taxi" Aircraft. Call 800-Tailwinds with any inquiries.

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Scale: 1/100th
Wingspan: 19.25"
Length: 20.25"

The C-141A Starlifter named "Hanoi Taxi" holds a significant place in history as an aircraft that played a crucial role in the Vietnam War and later became an emblematic symbol of the war's end and the subsequent reconciliation efforts between the United States and Vietnam.

The C-141 Starlifter was a strategic airlift aircraft developed by Lockheed in the early 1960s to meet the United States Air Force's need for a high-speed, long-range transport aircraft. The C-141A variant, the first production version, entered service in 1965 and quickly became a workhorse for the USAF, facilitating the transport of troops, equipment, and supplies around the world.

In 1973, as the Vietnam War was coming to an end, the U.S. government launched Operation Homecoming to repatriate American prisoners of war (POWs) held in North Vietnam. Hanoi Taxi, with its tail number 66-0177, played a pivotal role in this operation. On February 12, 1973, Hanoi Taxi, piloted by Colonel James H. Kyle, landed in Hanoi, North Vietnam, to pick up the first group of POWs and bring them back home to the United States.

The nickname "Hanoi Taxi" was given to the aircraft as a nod to the critical mission it performed, ferrying former POWs from the North Vietnamese capital to the Philippines before ultimately returning them to the United States. Over the course of several weeks, Hanoi Taxi made multiple flights between Hanoi and the Philippines, successfully bringing home a total of 591 POWs.

Hanoi Taxi's significance extended beyond the end of the Vietnam War. The aircraft continued to serve the USAF, participating in various humanitarian and military operations throughout its service life. However, its role in the Operation Homecoming remained a remarkable chapter in its history.

In 2003, after nearly four decades of service, Hanoi Taxi was retired from active duty. Rather than being scrapped or left to decay, the aircraft was selected for preservation as a symbol of history and reconciliation. It found a new home at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Hanoi Taxi now resides in the museum's "Presidential Gallery," where it is displayed alongside other significant aircraft, including those used by past U.S. presidents. Its prominent position in the museum allows visitors to reflect on the aircraft's pivotal role in the Vietnam War and its enduring legacy in the process of healing and rebuilding relationships between the United States and Vietnam.

Today, Hanoi Taxi stands not only as a reminder of the Vietnam War and the sacrifices made by those who fought and were held captive but also as a symbol of hope and reconciliation, representing the efforts to mend the wounds of a war-torn past and move towards a more cooperative and peaceful future.

Here are some historical summary details about the C-141 Starlifter:

  • The C-141 Starlifter was designed by Lockheed.
  • It was first introduced in 1963.
  • The C-141 Starlifter was used by the USAF in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the Iraq War.
  • It was also used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Canadian Forces.
  • The C-141 Starlifter was retired from service in 2006.

Here are some features of the model airplane:

  • Scale: 1:100
  • Length: 19.25 inches
  • Wingspan: 12 inches
  • Material: Molded resin
  • Fully assembled
  • Includes display stand

Order your C-141 Starlifter Hanoi Taxi model airplane today and own a piece of history!