Although it began and ended its career at McChord, The Tacoma
StarLifter was a bit of a wander.
The 437 MAW at Charleston AFB, SC. gained “277” in
January of 1968. Then in February 1973 the 63 MAW, Norton CA
took possession of “277”. Assigned in January of 1979 to the
MAW at Altus AFB, OK
where the aircraft was used to train new C-141 personnel
of 1980 when it was “stretched” into a B model. Once again the
63 MAW claimed ownership of “277” in January of 1981 until
the aircraft returned to McChord for good in March of
1992. After nearly 30 years of service, The Tacoma StarLifter
retired and join the collection of the McChord Air Museum in
1996. She was repainted in the traditional MAC “white top”
scheme in December of 2004.On 05 January 2005, The Tacoma
StarLifter and the Museum’s C-124 Globemaster II
were moved to their current location on Heritage Hill .
On August 9, 1966 Miss
Washington 1966 Sandra Marth assisted by Lt Col. George Demmon,
4th Military Airlift Squadron Commander,
christen the Wings new C-141A as the "Tacoma StarLifter" during
the bases official acceptance ceremony.