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|Date Acquired:||January 2003|
|Acquired From:||NASA Edwards AFB, CA (Loan)|
|Dedicated||Stanley P. Butchart|
During his 25-year career with NASA and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Butchart piloted a variety of research and support aircraft, including the massive B-52 carrier aircraft used to drop such rocket-powered experimental craft as the X-1 and X-15. His favorite aircraft to fly was this C-140 JetStar.
Butchart retired from NASA in 1976 after a decade serving as the chief and later director of flight operations at Dryden, overseeing the pilots, maintenance and manufacturing and operations engineering branches.
Butchart was a charter member, fellow and former president of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
He was inducted into Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor in 1999; his granite marker stands on the south side of Lancaster Boulevard near Fern Avenue.
|MANUFACTURER:||Lockheed Aircraft Corporation|
|PRODUCTION PERIOD:||1960 to 1973|
|NUMBER PRODUCED:||16 for the US Air Force, 204 total including civilian variants|
|PRODUCTION SERIES:||C-140A, B and VC-140B|
|ROLES:||Operational platform for evaluation of military navigation aids; VIP transport for senior US Air Force staff and government officials, including the President; in-theater operational airlift support|
|MAXIMUM SPEED:||598 mph|
|SERVICE CEILING:||45,000 feet above sea level|
|CREW:||Four (plus eight passengers)|
|LENGTH:||60 feet, 5 inches|
|WINGSPAN:||54 feet, 11 inches|
|HEIGHT:||20 feet, 5 inches|
|MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT:||42,000 lbs.|
|POWERPLANT:||Four Pratt & Whitney J60 turbojets providing 3,000 lbs. of thrust each|