Douglas C-133B 'Cargomaster'
| Jack Cole|
| I have relocated back home to Tennessee. Just to let people know who may care, the last reunion of the 84th flight sq. will be in May 16 2014.
As for the plane(C-133B) I will never forget her. I have worked in Aviation all my life on just about everything that will fly and there are two planes that have and will always be my favorite, C-133B and a Boeing 727. At the age 0f 68 I am retired and hope I never fly again. LOL
02/21/2014 @ 11:11 [ref: 68362]
| the aircraft at Kelly field San Antonio was XC 199-A[XC-99]. It took off early in morning only [heavier air] w sandbags in place of 400 men strap in seats, 2 deck for passengers. It was flown by Col Young as experiment of troop carrier. It sat alone north end of Kelly strip and we got in it in 1969. You drive up to it and get out and crawl in. Windows out,leather seats torn and wire loose in crew cabin. It had 6 push prop engines. |
10/11/2011 @ 14:42 [ref: 49519]
| CURTIS R. CAMPBELL|
| First, David Nelson, I think the six engine aircraft you are talking about was the cargo version of the B-36. I think it was called the XC-199.
I flew as a flight engineer on the C-133A test program at Edwards AFB in 1957/1958. Later, I flew C-133B's with the 84th ATS at Travis AFB from 1964 to 1966.
If that aircraft had the dependability of the C-130 it would still be flying.
06/15/2011 @ 18:50 [ref: 39646]
| Charles Rash|
| I was a crew chief on C-133B from November 1963 until June 1965. It was a great aircraft even though it was somewhat intense from a maintenance standpoint. In 1964, I was among the first group at Travis to be selected as flying crew chief on B models. Dover AFB had flying crew chiefs for several years before Travis. I we a crew chief on several aircraft, 56-530 and 56-529 were the two that I worked the longest and 529 was the aircraft I flew throughout most of my flying career. We spent many days in the Pacific supporting the start of the war in Vietnam. The C-133 was originally developed to transport Missiles from the factory or maintenance facilities to their operational sited but when things started to escalate in SEA we started transporting oversized priority cargo to Vietnam. I left Travis to become an instructor in a technical school in June 1965. I will always fondly remember the aircraft and the great people I worked with at Travis. |
04/20/2011 @ 16:54 [ref: 37537]
| David Nelson|
Colorado Springs, CO
| I'm looking for help identifying a plane from a photo from about 1958. It looks like a bigger version of the C-133B with 6 props (or possibly turbo props). It has the same nose (like a big nipple) and it's huge. It's on display and my grandparents are standing in front of it. I'm guessing they're on Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX. If anyone thinks they know what plane this is, let me know.
10/18/2010 @ 19:22 [ref: 31515]
| Tim Mathers|
| Just found this and saw Ron Smith's comments. Hi Ron! I was in the 84th ATS from 1963 to 1966. The 133B was an awesome aircraft for a loadmaster. At the time, the largest aircraft in the US invetory. I would have re-upped (reinlisted) if I could have been on the test crew of the C-5, but I only had 1900 hours flight time. If I could relate 25,000 words, I could relate some wonderful and humorous tales of those days. |
06/24/2010 @ 08:35 [ref: 26623]
| Jack Cole|
Lake Stevens, WA
| I was a mechanic and Flying Crew chief on the C-133B during the time frame of 1965-1968. I flew over the oceans so much I wore a grove in them and I love this plane. Most of us crew chiefs referred to it as our Douglas motel because we spent so much time working on it. It also had it good days too. I flew from Travis to Jordan and back to Dover with only one write up, The Engineer's seat too hard. I just got another engineer and signed off the write up. I flew all over the world in this plane and if a person could fall in love with a machine I guess I was in love with this plane. Once you got to know the plane as a mechanic you could make this plane fly like a kite. I also got to fly the plane from time to time when we had a good flight crew and you sure knew there wasn't any hyd. on the controls, but a gentile touch on the controls and she would move with such grace. Of course you had to know you were not going to brake the sound barrier with this plane and the flight days were long, but who was in a hurry, I had four years of enlistment to go and this was a good way to burn time. When I was back in Travis between flight working the line was fun but having to take the Major's crap every morning was a bitch. For all of us who worked on this plane and loved it, she will never die and for those who have never had a gal like this one, Good Luck. Sgt. Jack Cole |
04/10/2010 @ 18:48 [ref: 26005]
| David Edwards|
| I was in the 601OMS from about JAN 1968 TP JUN 1969. Started out as a mechanic in the dock and wound up as dock co-ordinator. So knew all the tail numbers and all the problems (mechanical & supply)..CMS DeWald was the dock chief back then. I also has the prop wash joke played on me, but to the guy to get me a jack hammer and I would. Never had a problem with him again. It was fun. |
04/01/2010 @ 17:05 [ref: 25964]
| Jim Alston|
New Braunfels, TX
| I was assigned to the 1501st Flightline Maint Squadron at Travis AFB from Sep '58 to Apr '61, during which time I was the crew chief on a couple or three different C-133's, but I forget the tail numbers of them. Part of that time, I was one of the few maintenance types authorized to run up, check the props, pressurize, etc. The others worked day shift and me at night (most of the time), so I got in plenty of 'stick time', running up for everybody. I liked the C-133, but rarely got to fly in it. The prop failure problem due to incorrect oil was never solved before I left Travis and the AF, so I became quite familiar with prop changes despite my jet engine AFSC, but assignment as a crew chief. Also spent many long, cold nights waiting on spare parts which supply never seemed to have in stock. Would sure love to have one of those AirResearch GTU's to play with now! |
02/13/2010 @ 11:49 [ref: 25721]
| Ronald Smith|
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
| I was a loadmaster with the 84th ATS 1964-1965. Just started flying on the C-133 when an A model from Dover went down off of Wake Island. We were all grounded, got tired of flying with the other squadrons and became a scuba diver /loadmaster with the 6593rd Test Sqd. at Hickam. Loved the C-133 I must admit the C-130 was fun to. |
02/02/2010 @ 11:55 [ref: 25666]