C-141 tail number 66-0177 has carried vital cargo all over the world. However, on Feb. 12, 1973, there was a very special cargo - this was the aircraft that brought the first 40 American POWs from Gia Lam Airport, Hanoi, North Vietnam to start Operation Homecoming. 33 years ago today, it became the "Hanoi Taxi".
This proud aircraft will be the last of it's kind when retiring on May 6th bring an end to a an era that can't be brought back. It's been replaced by the more modern C-17.
It's one of my favorite birds. It's on top of my life list.