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C-124 Globemaster II

History of the U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster II

Douglas C-124C Globemaster IIDouglas C-124C Globemaster II

The Douglas C-124 Globemaster II evolved from the earlier Douglas C-74. The first flight of the C-124 airplane took place in November of 1949, and deliveries to the U.S. Air Force of C-124As began in May of 1950. Many referred to the large aircraft as "Old Shakey".

To facilitate cargo handling, the C-124 featured "clamshell" loading doors and hydraulic ramps in the nose and an elevator under the aft fuselage. It was capable of handling such bulky cargo as tanks, field guns, bulldozers and trucks. It could also be converted into a transport capable of carrying 200 fully-equipped soldiers or 127 litter patients and their attendants in its double-decked cabin.

The C-124A was followed into service by the C-124C, which featured more-powerful engines, as well as wingtip-mounted combustion heaters that provided cabin heating and wing and tail surface deicing, and an APS-42 weather radar in a distinctive nose "thimble." These latter improvements were eventually retrofitted to the C-124As.

With the introduction of the C-141 Starlifter into active service, most C-124 planes were transferred to the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard by 1970. The first ANG unit to receive the C-124C was the last Air Force unit to retire their aircraft in September of 1974.

C-124 Surviving Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force purchased 448 C-124s before production ended in 1955.

Nine of the aircraft have survived, and eight are on display in the United States.

Model
S/N
Location
City
ST
C-124A
49-0258 Air Mobility Command Museum Dover
DE
C-124C
51-0089 Museum of Aviation   (photo below) Robins AFB
GA
C-124C
52-0943 KAI Air Museum Korea
C-124C
52-0994 McChord Air Museum McChord AFB
WA
C-124C
52-1000 Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum Travis AFB
CA
C-124C
52-1004 Pima Air & Space Museum   (photo below) Tucson
AZ
C-124C
52-1066 National Museum of the United States Air Force Dayton
OH
C-124C
52-1072 Charleston AFB Airpark Charleston
SC
C-124C
53-0050 Hill Aerospace Museum   (photo below) Ogden
UT

C-124 Globemaster II Specifications

Maximum speed: 320 mph
Range: 2,175 miles
Span: 174 ft. 1 in.
Length: 130 ft.
Height: 48 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 216,000 lbs. maximum

C-124 Photographs

Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 52-1004 in Tucson
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 52-1004
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 52-1004
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 52-1004 in Tucson
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050 in Ogden, Utah
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050 at Hill Air Force Base
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050
Tail section of the Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050
C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089
C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089
C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089 at Robins AFB in Georgia
U.S. Air Force C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089
U.S. Air Force C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089, at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Georgia

Historic Image of the C-124 Globemaster II from the Planes Of The Past Collection

U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster
U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster
U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster, at Terceira Island, Azores, circa 1960
U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster, at Terceira Island, Azores, circa 1960

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