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Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

C-140A Jetstar

59-5959

 
 
C-140A Jetstar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
1. C-140A Jetstar Marker
Inscription.  Lockheed's 1329 business jet prototype, first flown on September 4, 1957, became the basis for the C-140 Jetstar. Built primarily for the civilian market, the Air Force only purchased 16 Jetstars, which it began receiving in late 1961. Military Airlift Command received eleven C-140B-models for Operation Support Airlift - split between US government dignitary transport missions and special White House-level transport missions (designated VC-140B). The Air Force Communications Service received the remaining five C-140A-models for use in evaluation, calibration, and testing of navigation aids around the world. The C-140A's ability to duplicate high-altitude flight paths and the varied approaches of fighters and bombers made it well suited for this mission. This display aircraft is painted in tan camouflage scheme as it would have had while serving in the Pacific Theater (1965-1971). While being flown in Vietnam in 1968, by air traffic control legend, Col Derrel L. Dempsey, this aircraft was struck by ground fire on two occasions causing damage to the left auxiliary fuel tank, the left elevator cover area, and the left horizontal stabilizer. This
C-140A Jetstar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
2. C-140A Jetstar Marker
C-140A first arrived at Scott AFB in 1978 and was assigned to the 1866th Facility Checking Squadron. With the 1987 mission transfer to military airlift command, it became part of the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing's 1467th Facility Checking Squadron, until August 1990, when the Jetstars were replaced by the new C-29As. The mission, along with the C-29As transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration on October 1, 1991. Today, this display honors all those who supported the flight check mission during the Jetstar's nearly 30 years of service.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitaryParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 38° 32.95′ N, 89° 52.05′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker can be reached from Seibert Road 0.7 miles east of Air Mobility Drive (Illinois Route 158). Marker is located at Scott Field Heritage Air Park, near the west entrance of Scott Air Force Base. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 763 Seibert Rd, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. KC-135E Stratotanker (within shouting distance of this marker); C-21A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-130E Hercules
C-140A Jetstar image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
3. C-140A Jetstar
The plane and marker, located at Scott Field Heritage Air Park
(within shouting distance of this marker); C-141B Starlifter (within shouting distance of this marker); C-9A Nightingale (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 123 E First Street (approx. 3.7 miles away); 119 E First Street (approx. 3.7 miles away); 220 E State Street (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .  Lockheed Jetstar on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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