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Douglas C-54G 'Skymaster'

Description
  Manufacturer:Douglas


  Base model:C-54
  Designation:C-54
  Version:G
  Nickname:Skymaster
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
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Specifications
  Length: 93' 10" 28.6 m
  Height:27' 6" 8.3 m
  Wingspan: 117' 6" 35.8 m
  Wingarea: 1,460.0 sq ft 135.6 sq m
  Empty Weight: 38,930 lb 17,655 kg
  Gross Weight: 62,000 lb 28,117 kg
  Max Weight: 73,000 lb 33,106 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2000-9
  Horsepower (each): 1450

Performance
  Range: 4,000 miles 6,441 km
  Cruise Speed: 190 mph 305 km/h 164 kt
  Max Speed: 275 mph 442 km/h 238 kt
  Ceiling: 22,300 ft 6,796 m

Known serial numbers
45-0476 / 45-0525, 45-0526 / 45-0575, 45-0576 / 45-0625, 45-0626 / 45-0637

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia

C-54G on display

Museum of Aviation
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Robert Thomas (Msgt) retired
 Cheyenne, WY
I noticed a article by Ron Steffen about the C-54in which he mentioned the 4088th ATS. It was the sister squadron to the 4087th stationed at Stephenville, Newfoundland. The Squadron had C-54's,C-119's,which were replaced by
C-123J's. We were still cleaning the cosl dust out of the C-54's.
I was stationed at Earnest Harmon AFB,Newfoundland (1957 to 1960)as a crew chief on tail number 714. I later became a flight engineer on the Squadrons C-54's. We mainly flew north to Goose Bay and Sonderstorm and Thule AB, both in Greenland. Also,weather stations, Alert and Nord. (sometimes south to Westover AFB and other US bases).
When I transfered back to the states the Squadron was in the process of being deactived. I don't know what happened to the C54's. The C-123's were transfered to Alaska. The 123J's had small jet engine on each wing tip. I believe they J44's. The jet engines had intake eye lids the were closed when not in use. They also flew north, but, as I recollect, they had to a engine engine aircraft along as an escort. They were equipped with ski's. All of our planes were marked originally red on the nose, tail and each wing tip. That was changed to day glow paint.

08/30/2008 @ 10:35 [ref: 22583]
 A. G. Gonzalez
 Quito, ID
Does anyone know the fate of the following C-54s that flew around South America out of Howard AFB, CZ in the 50s and 60s: 50-530, 50-476 (for a few years it was stationed in Quito, Ecuador), 50-549, 049-042 (VIP with square windows, based in Charleston AFB; SC). Please reply to my E-mail address, thanks.
10/12/2007 @ 16:05 [ref: 18169]
 Ron Steffen
 Virginia Beach, VA
I was in the 4088 air transport squadron stationed at Torbay Newfounland. We were the only air transport squadron in SAC. We flew resupply for the DEW line in Canada and Greenland. In late 1957 we were transfered to Harmon AFB. All the c-54's we had had been used in the Berlin airlift. When we had to do major skin repairs on the belly of the aircraft we would find lumps of coal and coal dust in the airframe. The c-54 was the only transport plane that could successfully navigate in the artic area at that time. Anybody who flew north can attest to the fact that carcasses of 124's were all over the north.
08/16/2007 @ 03:47 [ref: 17625]
 Warren F. Pope
 Jonesport, ME
Question,

Is there any one there who may have knowledge about just what outfits in WW2 had C54s assigned to them? In particular,Troop Carrier Squadrons, Groups or wings by Number. The outfit I was in during WW I was equipt with C47 for a long time and were substituted with some model of C54 in France. The outfit I was in was the 50th Sq.,314 Gp.,52nd Wing.
My name is Warren F. Pope

E Mail pope@copper.net

Address 1123 Masonbay Rd. Jonesport,Me 04649

Would appreciate a reply.

Warren















04/15/2007 @ 13:49 [ref: 16195]
 Warren F. Pope
 Jonesport, ME
Question,

Is there any one there who may have knowledge about just what outfits in WW2 had C54s assigned to them? In particular,Troop Carrier Squadrons, Groups or wings by Number. The outfit I was in during WW I was equipt with C47 for a long time and were substituted with some model of C54 in France. The outfit I was in was the 50th Sq.,314 Gp.,52nd Wing.
My name is Warren F. Pope

E Mail pope@copper.net

Address 1123 Masonbay Rd. Jonesport,Me 04649

Would appreciate a reply.

Warren















04/15/2007 @ 13:48 [ref: 16194]
 DLJ
 Meadow, Texas, TX
Wonderful info. I just got thru reading Leon Uris book Armmagedon about the Berlin Airlift. His detail about the aircraft was great. Thanks to your site for the picture to put it all together for me.
06/13/2006 @ 12:32 [ref: 13514]
 Ken Thomson
 Ogden, UT
If anyone has a photo of the cockpit of a SC-54D please contact me.
12/13/2005 @ 15:16 [ref: 11975]
 Les Robbins
 Windcrest, TX
C-54G 45-0491 was assigned to the Air Force Section, Joint
Brasil United States Military Commission (JBUSMC), located
in Rio de Janiero, Brasil from July 1970 until February 1972.
We exchanged it at Howard AFB, Panama, for VT-29D 52-5816 that
February. 491 was picked up by a ferry crew and returned to
the U.S., probably to AMARC.

Earlier, when I was assigned to 3380th ABG, Keesler AFB, MS,
we flew the TC-54D as Electronic Warfare Officer training
aircraft. We transferred all the TC-54Ds to the 3537th EWTS,
Mather AFB, in the period May-Aug 1962. I left there in Dec,
1963, and they were soon replaced them with the T-29D.



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