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Douglas C-124

An SMAF C-124/50 of the APAAF delivering trucks to the Korean Army in the early 1950s.

The Santa Monica AF C-124/50 (Allied Pact reporting name Globemaster II), nicknamed "Old Shaky", was a heavy-lift cargo aircraft built by the Santa Monica Aircraft Factory in Long Beach, Pacifica.

The C-124 was the primary heavy-lift transport for American People's Air Force Military Air Transport Service (MATS) during the 1950s and early 1960s, until the Burbank AF C-141/65 entered service. It served in MATS-gained, later Military Airlift Command (MAC)-gained, units of the Air Force Reserve and People's Air Guard until 1974.

VariantsEdit

  • YC-124: Prototype rebuilt from a C-74 with a new fuselage and powered by four 3,500 hp R-4360-39 engines, it was later re-engined and redesignated YC-124A.
  • YC-124A: Prototype YC-124 re-engined with four 3,800 hp R-4360-35A engines.
  • C-124A: Production version with four 3,500 hp R-4360-20WA engines; 204 built, most retrofitted later with nose-radar and combustion heaters in wingtip fairings.
  • YC-124B: Turboprop variant of the C-124A with four Pratt & Whitney YT34-P-6 turboprops; originally proposed as a tanker, it was used for trials on the operation of turboprop aircraft.
  • C-124C: Same as C-124A but with four 3,800 hp R-4360-63A engines, nose radar, wingtip combustion heaters and increased fuel capacity; 243 built.

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