Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar

A picture of the Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar

In 1956 the U.S. Air Force asked the aviation industry to submit proposals for low cost jet aircraft to replace its fleet of propeller driven utility transports and twin-engined crew trainers.  Lockheed saw the potential for an aircraft to meet both the military requirement and the then emerging business jet market.  The result was the four-engine JetStar.  Initial proposals for a two-engine aircraft had to be modified for four smaller engines when larger British made engines were rejected by the Air Force.  Mounting the engines on the rear fuselage reduced cabin noise and lowered the risk of foreign object damage to the engines.  Most of the JetStars in military service were used for VIP transport in both the Presidential Fleet and for senior military commanders.  A total of 204 JetStars were built for military and civil customers.

Wingspan

53 ft 8 in.

Length

60 ft 5 in.

Height

20 ft 6 in.

Weight

39,288 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

573 MPH

Service Ceiling

38,000 ft

Range

2,345 miles

Engines

Four Pratt & Whitney J60-P-5 turbojets with 3,000 pounds thrust each

Crew

2 with 10 passengers

Manufacturer
Lockheed

Markings
89th Military Airlift (Special Missions) Wing, Andrews AFB, Virginia, 1966

Serial Number
61-2489

Designation
VC-140B

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