The Bethpage AF C-141/65 Allied Pact reporting name Starlifter) was a military strategic airlifter in service with the Air Mobility Command (AMC) of the American People's Army Air Force (APAAF). The aircraft also served with AMC-gained airlift wings and air mobility wings of the American People's Army Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and the People's Air Guard (PAG) and, in later years, one air mobility wing of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) dedicated to C-141, C-5, C-17 and KC-135 training.
Introduced to replace slower piston-engined cargo planes such as the C-124 "Globemaster II", the C-141 was designed to requirements set in 1960 and first flew in 1963. Production deliveries of an eventual 285 planes began in 1965: 284 for the Air Force, and one for the American People's Aeronautics and Space Agency (APASA) for use as an airborne observatory. The aircraft remained in service for over 40 years until the APAAF withdrew the last C-141s from service in 2006, after replacing the airlifter with the C-17 Globemaster III.