Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
1956
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Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

The C-133 was a four-engined transport which - although not much bigger in overall dimensions than the earlier C-124 Globemaster II - could carry payloads equivalent to twice the normal cargo capacity of the C-124. The first production C-133 made its maiden flight on 23 April 1956 and deliveries to the USAF began the following year.

The first version was the C-133A powered by four 4,844kW Pratt & Whitney T34-P-7WA turboprop engines. A total of 34 were delivered. It was followed by the C-133B powered by 5,589kW T34-P-9W turboprops and with increased loaded weight and an enlarged main cargo door to permit easier loading of the Atlas ICBM, and Thor and Jupiter IRBMs. Fifteen were delivered to MATS, production ending in April 1961.

All had been withdrawn from service ten years later, although a few were thereafter used in. civil roles.

Douglas C-133 Cargomaster


Specification 
 CREW4
 PASSENGERS200
 ENGINE4 x turbo-prop P+W T-34-P-9W, 4410kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight129700-136000 kg285941 - 299830 lb
    Empty weight54600 kg120373 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan54.8 m180 ft 9 in
    Length48.0 m158 ft 6 in
    Height14.7 m48 ft 3 in
    Wing area248.3 m22672.68 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed558 km/h347 mph
    Cruise speed500 km/h311 mph
    Ceiling6125 m20100 ft
    Range w/max.fuel7000 km4350 miles
    Range w/max.payload3600 km2237 miles

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Jose Corrales Sr, jcorral62=gmail.com, 06.08.2014

this was a great aircraft I was station in Dover AFB from 1969 to 1970 in the flight line, I enjoy working on the C-133 but now they are out of commission. AS for VN if your boots touch the ground then you have a case take it up with the VA cause I have the same problem,also a lot of the USAF records were burnt in the fire.But getting back to the C-133 as noisy as it was it work fine for me,I think I was on tail number 1998.

Carl Grimm, csgrimm=cox.net, 05.05.2014

I was in tech school at Lowery AFB in Denver in 1961. Used to watch a C-133 fly in and pick up missiles (I was told from Martin Missile west of Denver)every so often. 133 would land, a convoy of Air Police and the missile would come through the gate on the SE corner of the base, load on the 133 and leave for parts unknown. I thought it was a beautiful airplane.

Dennis Eck, dennis-eck=comcast.net, 16.11.2013

new email address. retired and live in milford Delaware. I was at DAFB 62 - 66 as a jet engine mechanic in the FLMS of the 1617th. worked out of a small shop in one of the hangers and we fixed the engines on the flight line, run-up engines, etc. Now volunteer as tour guide at the DAFB AMC museum, its fun and very interesting.

art richards, netart59=cableone.net, 27.07.2013

I was one of two flight electronic technicians that flew on nearly every test hop at Dover AFB Deleware. The first stall was the most exciting- stalled in the wrong direction! Can't remember wnich direction. I did most of the log reports as directed by the Pilot who I believe was a civilian test pilot

Hans Walrecht, sewer=hansonline.eu, 16.05.2013

This site is very interesting. The C-133 is a great, but little forgotten plane.
I'm planning to write an article about the C-133 for a non profit magazine. It's free for members of Dutch vintage aircraft clubs.
But I must have permission for using materials.
My first question is: who is the owner of the dimensions drawing above? I'd like to use that.

My second question is: who can help me in finding a photograph (with permission to use it) of a cargo in the hold of the C-133?

I hope someone can help me in this.

Best regards,
Hans Walrecht
The Netherlands

Richard Justis, rjj43=zoominternet, 09.05.2013

Bobby Reardon, Please contact me at the above address.
Richard Justis Dover A.F.B.1961-65
P.P.C.T. 1617 O.M.S.. Your address won't work.

Walter McCann, wamc2468=aol.com, 12.04.2013

Stationed at DAFB from 1956 to 1974. Went to Douglas for training on C-133 in April 1957. Flew as Flight Engineer until the C-5 came along. Taught as Instructor and Flt Exam. in the C-133 simulator. Wonderful crew members and memories.

Joe McNully, itjomcn=aol.com, 21.03.2013

I flew as a civilian contractor passenger on The Gray Ghost, from Antigua to Ascension Island, circa July 1963. We made an unscheduled stop in Zanderiz, Surinam, to replace a fuel transfer valve. We stopped for RON in Recife, Brazil. For a while when we were flying over the Amazon the crew could not raise anyone on the radio.

stan higginbotham, stan_higginnbotham=yahoo.com, 04.01.2013

Went to Dover from Sheppard as 43121F in Spring 68 . First and second in class drew Travis and Dover as duty stations, rest sent to 130 bases. As young flight line airmen I took ever FCF and static display I could talk my way into. C/Msgt Chambers line chief. Don't recall tail number may be 0135. Left in Oct 68 for CCK. Imagine getting paid to work on such a awesome aircraft

Thomas Fitzgerald, SargFitz=aol.com, 28.09.2012

Came to Dover and "A" flight 1617 OMS on January 15 1962 as a Reservist on Active duty for 4 years. Was assigned to A/C 0142, Crew chief T/Sgt Rudy Parish Asst C/C Elmer Keeney. Parish transfered and Keeney became C/C and I became Asst C/C. Don't remember how the shuffle occured but I ended up as C/C on A/C 0135 until I received orders for Flt Eng duty on C-130s and sent to 57 TH ARRS Lajes Azores. While at Dover I accompanied my aircraft to many different countries, many we can no longer enter. I always thought the C-130 was one of the greatest aircraft ever built and to this day think so. I left Dover in April 65, Retired in 78.

Bob Reardon, bob=ri-tec.com, 19.09.2012

Worked as a jet engine mechanic at Dover AFB from 1962 - 1966. I was part of the 1617 OMS. Flew back home with 133A from Turkey to Dover after a TDY with the 101st Airbore. Also had the privilege flying from France to Azores to Dover after spending a week trying to get one of our planes fixed in France. The last flight I had was in 65. I was on TDY with our engine repair shop or most of it at Travis to get a quicker turnaround on our "A" models. Seem to me that the Travis guys were using our planes for spare parts and our Colonel decided we could get better maintenance back in Dover. That Christmas we jumped a flight back home for two weeks leave. Base Brass frowned on that so free hops ended very quickly. As I remember from that time we were resupplying VN and our plases were taking vital war materials and returning with body boxes from fallen warriors. Cal Taylor has written a great book titled Remembering An Unsung Giant. Its a must read for everyone who worked and flew the C-133's.

James Edwards, grayhorntrans=gmail.com, 09.09.2012

Does anyone remember a layover in australia.The night was memorable.If you were there talk to me.

james edwards, grayhorntrans=gmail.com, 05.09.2012

I was a flying crewchief 1965 thru 1970.We flew supplies in and out of vn.I now have medical problems.The VA said my records do not show that I got off the plane.That was my job to take care of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.If the is anyone who knows how to handle this please let me know.

james edwards, grayhorntrans=gmail.com, 05.09.2012

I was a flying crewchief 1965 thru 1970.We flew supplies in and out of vn.I now have medical problems.The VA said my records do not show that I got off the plane.That was my job to take care of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.If the is anyone who knows how to handle this please let me know.

Jerry, Jerrynmarcia=aol.com, 15.05.2012

I was stationed at Travis from 1966-70, working in transient maint. We caught a lot of C-133's goin to and from VN. It was a large AC, with prop, eng, and doppler issues. I can still hear the low, loud rumble of them comin in to the base. One of my observations was no matter what kind of AC it was, there was always many, many more problems with the planes going overseas, than when they were returning home!

Robert Wiedemann, bobjanstuff=aol.com, 12.04.2012

I have a large model of this plane made of cast aluminum!, with Air Force marking,s.

Jerald Moriarty, Jtmjacksyahoo.com, 09.03.2012

Where can I find a C133B..iwas a navigator from 1963 to 1967 at Travis AFB

mike, fykstlnk=aol.com, 22.02.2012

was maint- crew chief on #0135 at dover for over one and a half years had all the flight recording data after wright patt testing hadto put 300hrs on recording time onbefore it could go on trip 84 days of flying time kept, that puppy flying #0135 only plane that supplied cargo to north pole up at tule 38 days fly and tske off org. flight manual was writrten wrong no more accidents best times married girl from dela( at dover 62_65 )

Ralph Neumeister, mlforge=cebridge.net, 09.02.2012

I flew with the 39th out of Dover as a loadmaster. I was there from 1966 to 1967, then again in 1969 for a brief period. Wonder if anyone has any infromation of me flying with them on log books or orders. also spent some time flying c-124's with the 22 nd mas in Japan. Loved the C-133

Cal Taylor, firstfleet=aol.com, 20.12.2011

For those who want to hear the airplane again, the video DVD is done. It has 90 minutes to cover the last flight of 61999 from Anchorage to Travis, in 2008. A short video give 24 minutes about an Alaska airlift mission to deliver three shool buses to North Slope towns. A second DVD has more than 2,000 C-133 pictures. Check the web site for The C-133 Project.

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