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Consolidated C-87 'Liberator Express'

Description
  Manufacturer:Consolidated


  Base model:C-87
  Designation:C-87
  Nickname:Liberator Express
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
 
 

Specifications
Not Yet Available

Known serial numbers
41-11608, 41-11639 / 41-11642, 41-11655 / 41-11657, 41-11674 / 41-11676, 41-11704, 41-11706 / 41-11709 , 41-11728 / 41-11733 , 41-11742 / 41-11747 , 41-11788 / 41-11789 , 41-11800 , 41-11837 / 41-11838 , 41-11907 / 41-11908 , 41-23669 / 41-23670 , 41-23694 / 41-23696 , 41-23791 / 41-23793 , 41-23850 / 41-23852 , 41-23859 / 41-23862 , 41-23903 / 41-23905 , 41-23959 , 41-24004 / 41-24006 , 41-24027 / 41-24029 , 41-24139 / 41-24141 , 41-24158 , 41-24160 / 41-24163 , 41-24172 / 41-24173 , 42-107249 / 42-107275 , 43-30548 / 43-30568 , 43-30572 / 43-30627 , 44-39198 / 44-39298 , 44-52978 / 44-52987


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Larry Henderson
 Danville, CA
My father, George T Henderson, was a 1-year United pilot when he was assigned to ATC in September 1942. As co-pilot on C-87's, he flew five 2-week round trips between Hamilton Field (San Francisco area)and Brisbane, Australia. In addition to the engine and fuel issues mentioned in previous posts, he said the aircraft had serious center of gravity issues, which were compounded when the heavy B-24 nose was replaced with some light sheet metal. I also have Dad's short snorter, which includes the signature of Bob Hope. I'm attempting to reconcile Dad's log books with Hope's Pacific USO tour schedule. Dad's return to line flying coincided with my birth in April 1943.
12/08/2014 @ 19:20 [ref: 68814]
 Norman Evans
 Suwanee, GA
My father was a radioman on the first fireball express that left Miami in Nov. 1943, His name is Norman Evans, trying to find someone who has a photo of the crew take before the first flight. I would like to talk with anyone about the ATC.
07/29/2013 @ 15:01 [ref: 67986]
 Chet Roberts
 , MO
My father, Russell Roberts, was a C-87 crew chief in 1942-1943. He flew 101 missions over the Hump, delivering 55 gallon drums of fuel from India to the China Allied Base. His plane was named "Eight Ball". I have his pictures taken of that plane and his military experiences at that time.
03/31/2013 @ 17:29 [ref: 67700]
 James Jones
 Amarillo, TX
My father, Capt. Golden Nathan Jones, DFC 465th BG, 783rd BS. at Panatella from September 1944 through May 1945 flew C-87 and B-24's out of Canosa di Puglia, Italy to Rome, Naples, Nice, and others. His favorite story of the C-87 was flying a Italian priest around inside the recently erupted Mount Vesuvius!
04/25/2011 @ 11:31 [ref: 37561]
 Fred C Moor
 Casa Grande, AZ
My father, F.C. "Doc" Moor flew the C-87 on the Fireball Express route out of Miami, Florida in WW11. After the war, he started a small non- sched cargo operation named Southern Air Transport which gained some fame as it was thought to have been purchased by the CIA in 1960
I am writing the story of the beginning of Southern Air up to 1960. I would like to hear from you if you have any knowledge of SAT during those times (1947-1960)

11/23/2010 @ 04:37 [ref: 33351]
 Marcus Ray (Savage)
 Prosper, TX
My grandfather was Francis E. Savage and have connected with Mr. Maas. I have letters and documents detailing the search that was conducted for the MIA plane and crew. Great loss for our country but makes me all the more proud to celebrate this Veteran's day. Thank you "Doc" and the crew of the "My Ever Lovin Dove" for your service to our country. You will never be forgotten!
11/11/2010 @ 06:15 [ref: 33274]
 Monty Savage
 Oklahoma City, OK
Febuary 26,1945 my uncle Pilot Maj.Francis Savage departed Guam Via Kwajalein in the Pacific headed for Hickam Field in Oahu,Hawaii,the flight included General Millard F. Harmon , commander of the Army Air forces of the Pacific Ocean Areas , also on board were Brig, Gen. James R. Anderson , his Chief of Staff ,and Colonel William Ball , his Deputy for Operations.The flight departed after sunset for Oahu with an ETA of 1313 Hawaiian time estamated flight time of 14 hours and 25 minutes , they never arrived ! Weather calm , wind 11 knots , clouds broken , base of 3000 ft tops to 6000 ft . Two radio transmitions were made in route , the secound was to static to understand but seemed normall.
Samual Mass the navagator that would have been on that flight is looking for me !
10/03/2010 @ 18:43 [ref: 31099]
 Monty Savage
 Oklahoma City, OK
Febuary 26,1945 my uncle Pilot Maj.Francis Savage departed Guam Via Kwajalein in the Pacific headed for Hickam Field in Oahu,Hawaii,the flight included General Millard F. Harmon , commander of the Army Air forces of the Pacific Ocean Areas , also on board were Brig, Gen. James R. Anderson , his Chief of Staff ,and Colonel William Ball , his Deputy for Operations.The flight departed after sunset for Oahu with an ETA of 1313 Hawaiian time estamated flight time of 14 hours and 25 minutes , they never arrived ! Weather calm , wind 11 knots , clouds broken , base of 3000 ft tops to 6000 ft . Two radio transmitions were made in route , the secound was to static to understand but seemed normall.
Samual Mass the navagator that would have been on that flight is looking for me !
10/03/2010 @ 18:42 [ref: 31098]
 David Michel
 , VA
I just uploaded a photo of the C-87 and Crew used to fly Mrs Roosevelt on her 1943 Red Cross tour of the SW PAC.
My mother's cousin was the Navigator. The crew included:
Capt. Roy Pickering, Pilot
Capt. David C. Selby, Copilot, ..
Capt. Robert T. Arnoldus, Navigator, ..
M/Sgt. Shirley G. Reedy, ..
M/Sgt. Norman L. Long, ..
M/Sgt. Richard Funk,

Please email me at usdragoons@aol.com if you have any pertinant information about any of the above.

Thanks!
12/01/2009 @ 21:33 [ref: 25372]
 David Englund
 , NV
Lou,
Saw your post & noticed you mentioned your fathers Short Snorter....I also have my fathers Short Snorter. Interestingly, Gene Autry came to my fathers base on a tour and my fathers Captain signed him on as an honorary crew member and Autry signed everyone's Snorter including my fathers.
I don't think many people understand nowadays how important the snorter was to WWII air crews. It was a bonding!
I will check the signatures on his snorter but the odds are pretty slim they came across each other - but one never knows. I had posted an earlier item about a book on the Air Transport By Ivan D. You may want to find that book and go through it, perhaps there may be a name or link to a person.
Good Luck on your search - Dave
07/26/2008 @ 19:27 [ref: 22272]

 

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