Martin 404

  Base model:404
  Basic role:Commercial Transport

  Length: 74' 7" 22.7 m
  Height:28' 5" 8.6 m
  Wingspan: 93' 3" 28.4 m
  Gross Weight: 44,900 lb 20,362 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800
  Horsepower (each): 2400

  Cruise Speed: 225 mph 362 km/h 195 kt
  Max Speed: 312 mph 502 km/h 271 kt

Examples of this type may be found at
Mid-Atlantic Air MuseumReadingPennsylvania

404 on display

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jefferson Brooks
 Yucca Valley, CA
I flew this wonderful airplane as Captain on her final flight October 4, 1991.
JR was my "co-pilot".. A finer stick and rudder man I've never met. I flew the Lockheed T-33 the day before out of the main Paris TX airport.
We had to cut the trees down on both sides of the tiger airport to get the Martin out and over to the "paved strip". But first, my brother mike and I had to drive 40 plus miles to who knows where to pick up 200 gallons of 100LL in 4 / 55 gallon barrels , then drive it back in a truck with little to no breaks.....

I'll never forget it. It was and has remained my most memorable flight! I have a ton of pictures from those two wonderful days in October.

Jefferson C. Brooks ATP/CFI

02/22/2015 @ 13:23 [ref: 68947]
 Harold Day
 Wimauma, FL
Originally from Cedar Key, Florida (born 1948), have fond memories of arriving at night in Gainesville, Florida in the late 50s, early 60s on an Eastern Airline Martin 404. My parents would fly me back down for a few weeks with my grandfather, before they would arrive on vacation to return me to Memphis. Recall often would be allowed into the cockpit on the final leg into Gainesville –the “old” pilots would treat a red headed little boy to the treat of seeing the panoply of South Georgia and North Florida from the best seat in the house. Became a multi-engine, instrument rated commercial pilot later in life – most likely based much on trying to re-create this experience. The Martin 404 is the first aircraft that springs into my mind whenever hear the word airliner. Miss them.
12/11/2012 @ 03:42 [ref: 67406]
 David Forrest Sharpe
 Alexandria, IN
Seeing these pics brings back happy memories from my childhood;Southern Airways 404s called at my hometown of Huntsville,AL in the 60's.My late father flew on them when he would go on TDY.Though I never got to fly in one,they remain my favorite commercial twin prop of all time:)!
11/24/2011 @ 08:01 [ref: 50494]
 Tom Howard
 Lewisville, NC
The Martin 404 did not have 4 engines. Only 2.
09/02/2011 @ 10:32 [ref: 48393]
 Ken Ulrich
 Mosinee, WI
I flew the M-404 as f/o and Capt from 1962 to 1973 Once you understood that the Martin was designed to operate on the short 4000 ft runways, and you flew it accordingly, like not carrying extra airspeed on approach, and then try to force it to land, you were home free. failure to do so gave you memories of a very bouncy landing, very embarassing, it would fly thru some of the worst thunderstorms and bring you out the other side, in one piece .....Ken
04/17/2011 @ 03:46 [ref: 37474]
 Bear S.
 , MS
Flew the 404 for six years with Southern Airways.
Whoever said this was a bad aircraft isn't an airman, just a pilot.
06/21/2010 @ 11:50 [ref: 26616]
 Lafayette, LA
I passed through Toco, TX last week. The Martin 404 is still there. I took some pictures and will try and post one. Sadly, she is in disrepair.

02/21/2010 @ 16:33 [ref: 25761]
 Bruce Zummo
The Martin 404 is still in Texas! It is the only remaining aircraft left from the Flying Tigers Museum. Junior's son, "Sam" is the current owner. The plane last flew in 1991 and was last "run-up" between 1994-1995 around the same time that Junior passed away. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. I talked with Sam just this morning!
01/18/2010 @ 12:24 [ref: 25595]
 John Bellah
 La Habra,, CA
In 1976 I flew in a Martin 4-0-4 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the Bahamas. After take off, the flight attendant went on the P.A. "Welcome aboard Mackie Airlines DC-6 service to Freeport, in the Bahamas..."

My initial reaction is if we were aboard a DC-6 we're in serious trouble as we're missing two engines!
01/17/2010 @ 16:00 [ref: 25591]
 Tom Sanford
 , TN
The photo labeled Martin 404 in USAF colors is in fact not a Martin 404, but a C-131, the military version of the Convair 440. She and the Martin are close look-a-likes.
12/30/2008 @ 23:43 [ref: 23385]


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