Douglas C-118B 'Liftmaster'

Notes: Cargo/passenger transport similar to commercial douglas DC-6A (6 CREW, 79 TROOPS, OR 60 LITTERS) .
  Base model:C-118
  Equivalent to: R6D-1 DC-6A
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
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  Length: 105' 7" 32.1 m
  Height:28' 8" 8.7 m
  Wingspan: 117' 6" 35.8 m
  Wingarea: 1,463.0 sq ft 135.9 sq m
  Empty Weight: 49,767 lb 22,570 kg
  Gross Weight: 107,000 lb 48,526 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-52W
  Horsepower (each): 2500

  Range: 2,925 miles 4,710 km
  Cruise Speed: 315 mph 507 km/h 274 kt
  Climb: 1,010 ft/min 307 m/min

Known serial numbers
152687 / 152689, 153691 / 153694, 533227 / 533228, 533257, 533279, 533291

Examples of this type may be found at
Altus AFBAltus AFBOklahoma
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida

C-118B on display

Altus AFB

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Liz petty
 American canyon, CA
My husband flew C118B in Vietnam and yet he still have to prove he sat foot in Vietnam. Anybody that know him in VR 21 1965-68, thenVR 21 in Alameda California in 1971-72. Howard C. Petty, CDR/USN/ret
07/05/2014 @ 21:06 [ref: 68548]
 Walter Daniels (Dan)
 Pittsburgh, PA
Flew in VR-22 as FTS 1962 out of Breezy Point (NAS Norfolk VA)
02/19/2014 @ 07:06 [ref: 68356]
 james mansfield
 bartow, FL
richard brock. i remember you very well please contact me at opaswoodshed@verizon.net everyone of our fellow crew members , feel free to contact me also. God bless, jim.
10/03/2012 @ 11:33 [ref: 67283]
 Stockton, CA
I flew as a Radio operator 1965 to 1968 Rank was AT1
made 69 trips into Vietnam in that time. Now fighting the VA as I have no paperwork to prove I was there. If any one remembers me I would appreciate any help. Thank you
11/11/2011 @ 16:56 [ref: 50160]
 Chuck Hagen
 418 woodly st e Northfield, MN 5, MN
AT2, worked for Chief Nelson in AT shop. took care of supply, maintenance, shop and line, and flew as radio operator in C-118B, 1962-1963. Would like to know if anyone has a good picture of the U S AIR FORCE C-118B MATS Aircraft that we had in VR-22 for my career records. I can only find Navy aircraft.
07/06/2011 @ 21:09 [ref: 39906]
 Everette Pettus
 Charlotte, NC
I worked on the c-118 in Alameda ca. in 1971-1972 at the AMD and with Vr-21 det from Barbers Point. and we had at Alameda three other C-118 squadrons. anyone form there then can e-mail me. Everette "eddie" Pettus
06/15/2011 @ 14:18 [ref: 39645]
 David Dyar
 Hampton, GA
had a great time flying on the c118b airplane was with vr21 in barbers point hawaii from 1963 thur 1965 fly all over c118b was a great airplane enjoyed flying in it
01/15/2011 @ 10:26 [ref: 35794]
 william h clark
 Trumbauersville, Pa, PA
I enjoyed Chris McCario's article. I was his chief in Nas Bermuda 0693, I also worked on 131593 all silver aka Fuel fumes in the cockpit on the nose you could read where they rubbed out US AIRFORCE also we had 131608 and Venerable 153691. This was 1966 thru 1969 when I was a TAR ( station Keeper). I also worked on the P2V 5 & P2V7 the S2F and the F8. In those days they all had 7W on the tail. We also had an SNB for base bird and a T34. I worked out of WC 120. I spent the last three months on Night Check on the VP Line My boss was ADR1 Les Connoly.
Chris if you read this get back to me, the old Chief. On weekends I was MRT instructor on the Sh3A and later worked as an A&P Mechanic on the Sikorsky S61L and S61N also on the S58 ( H34) helicopter.

William H. Clark AMSC Ret.

01/07/2011 @ 06:42 [ref: 35420]
 Richard Brock
 Portland, TN
I worked in the Navigation office of VR-21 NAS Barbers Point Hawaii 1967-68 where I did transpac flight planning for the C-118s and C-130s using the old E6-b "whiz wheel" computer. Indeed, I have many times done plans for VIP BUNOs 128424, 128427, 128432 as well as all of the other 10-15 other aircraft in the squadron. Preflight briefings were held in my office on the 2nd floor on the operations center (ATC Tower Bldg.)...Looking at your web site certainly reels in the years!!


Richard Brock
06/26/2010 @ 01:06 [ref: 26729]
 Chris Macario
 West Chester, PA
VR-52 was based at Willow Grove NAS & in the same Hanger (hgr80) that I worked ,AIMD NAS Bermuda Det.0693.We worked on various airframe & landing Gear parts for the C-118B's that they had, 4 while I was there 79'-85'.It was great flying out to Bermuda NAS in the 118's for our 2 week acdutras helping with their OMD's C-131's & UH-1N phase inspections.Always a smoking flight (you could cut it with a knife in the cabin!)
05/04/2010 @ 08:40 [ref: 26126]


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