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Allan J Withers
1/200 Dragon, I removed the pilots and covered the undercarriage bays inside the cabin, finished in MM enamels with Future over kit and other decals, build started early 2006.
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Craig Abrahamson said on February 1, 2018
Looks good, Allan...what's the wingspan on this 1/200th kit ?
Allan J Withers said on February 1, 2018
Thanks Craig, from kit instructions span is 48.7400m = .2437m, length is 44.2000m = .2210m, height is 11.9600m = .0598m.
We're not on the metric system here, Allan...now I have to look up the conversion chart on my iPhone. LOL 🙁
david leigh-smith said on February 1, 2018
Trivia time; John F Kennedy's first official legislative task was to sign off on the development for the Starlifter.
Thanks for that info David.
Robert Royes said on February 1, 2018
Nice build! nice to see. I flew in one of these twice, once as a Med evac patient after braking my leg in the Med. another time with my Reserve group, heading for the Med.
Thanks Robert, how far apart were these flights and how did you brake your leg ?
Robert Royes said on February 2, 2018
About fifteen years, I was wrestling with a shipmate for a seat in our shop, we tripped and he fell on me, it was on Saratoga '76, The reserve trip, we were catching up with the JFK.
Allan J Withers said on February 2, 2018
Thanks Robert, it's a hazardous life in the military !
The guy felt really bad after it happened, but it got me back in the States, during the bicentennial celebrations in Philadelphia.
Ray Theron said on February 1, 2018
She's a beauty, Allan. Love the finish!
Louis Gardner said on February 1, 2018
This one look great Allan ! I remember seeing ours in the overall Dark Gray colors. Some may have had some green on them too. (It's been a long time ago...).
I think they may have been painted in "Gunship Gray".
It's a huge plane in real life.
Well done !
Thanks Louis, they used to visit RAAF base Richmond in this scheme, many years ago !
Gary Wiley said on February 1, 2018
Very nice Allan. A nice job on a kit I don't see too often.
Jeff Bailey said on February 2, 2018
Good looking Starlifter, Allan!
Marc Barris said on February 2, 2018
Very nice indeed sir, I like this.
Greg Kittinger said on February 2, 2018
Another nice one Allan! You definitely have a penchant for picking projects we don't see often!
Thanks Greg, I like to do different subjects !
George Williams said on February 3, 2018
Yet another very cool plane from you, Allan, immaculately turned out, keep them coming.
Allan J Withers said on February 3, 2018
Thanks George, sure will !
Dirk Derks said on February 3, 2018
Excellent build with a superb finish.
Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.
Tom Bebout said on February 3, 2018
Well done Allen, made one parachute jump from a Starlifter while going through the Army Airborne School. The Starlifter that flew the POW's out of Vietnam is now displayed in the USAF Museum. Lots of the guys took markers and wrote their names on her bulkhead. Their names are still there and that makes her one historically interesting A/C.
Thanks Tom, good to know, what other aircraft did you jump from ?
Allen, C-130 Hercules, C-123 Provider, CH-47 Chinook, and UH-1B and UH-1D Hueys. A total of 34 jumps, no tree landings, 2 landings on a runway and just one entanglement where we both landed together. That one was at an air show and in attendance was my wife and three daughters. The dummy that flew into me wasn't paying attention.
Allan J Withers said on February 4, 2018
George R Blair Jr said on September 8, 2021
Well done, Allan (@kalamazoo). This really brings back memories. I went back and checked my logbook and I have flown this plane on several occasions. When I first started flying C-141s, we were flying the "A" model. The stretched C-141 didn't come around till later. The "A" model was a real sports car, and an empty C-141A could supposedly outclimb a T-38 to 10,000 feet. I didn't believe it until one of the "old head" pilots showed me how fast it would climb. I can't verify that it could beat a T-38, but I do remember being 50 degrees nose high, and getting to 10,000 in a very short time.
Allan J Withers said on September 10, 2021
Thanks George, what a ride, hope the cargo was strapped in tight !
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