Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
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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All had been withdrawn from service ten years later, although a few were thereafter used in.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

 ENGINE4 x turbo-prop P+W T-34-P-9W, 4410kW
    Take-off weight129700-136000 kg285941 - 299830 lb
    Empty weight54600 kg120373 lb
    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
    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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William R. Stanton Jr., 15.10.2015

My Father, Lt. Col. William R. Stanton flew the C-133 during Berlin Airlift as well as the first around the world flight in the C-133.

Donald Taylor, 14.08.2015

I was a Flight Engineer at Dover AFB fro 1962-1966. I loved to fly the bird. I was on the crew that took the bird to Wake Island and was bumped, the other crew took off early in the am and crashed a mile or two off shore. lost all the crew. I had the reputation of, "do no fly he airplane after Don, several times the C-133 was lost the next flight. I wen form C-133's to C-141's and finished on the C-5. I would do it over if I could.

Virgil Raridan, 12.06.2015

My Dad (Capt. Virgil Raridan)was a command pilot who flew almost every one of the C-133s between 1958 until 1964. We were stationed at Dover AFB.

Bob Gough, 05.05.2015

My dad, Lt. Col Richard Gough (Ret), was a test pilot assigned to the ARDC at Wright-Patterson AFB. When he was a Major, the C-133 test program was assigned to him, along with his friend & colleague Col. Benefield at Edwards, to determine the cause of the suspected stall-spin characteristics of the aircraft.
The book "Remembering An Unsung Giant" by Cal Taylor is a remarkable and thorough history of the 133. But the comments here by Don Bowmaster and CMSgt Sandy Sandstrom, who were aboard some of the test flights flown by Doug Benefield and my dad leave me wanting to know more about those flights, wherein the aircraft was deliberately stalled in order to gain data. At my dad's funeral, a gentleman shook my hand, his name lost to me over the years, who was apparently a crew member on those test flights, who said" Your dad was the bravest man I ever knew."
Well, that may or may not be true, but that comment was a testament to the resolve and professionlism of all USAF test pilots and crew members who go about their dangerous business every day to make for safer aircraft for the operational crews.

Kevin Reasor, 19.02.2015

My brother and I along with our best friend were at the far end of Travis AFB and saw the smoke from the c-133 that had just crashed. Being teenagers, when we got home we were laughing about what we saw. My mom stopped us cold when she quietly said "your father is flying today" It was 4 hours later that my dad called to let us know he was OK. My dad "Art Reasor" was a flight engineer on both c-133s and c-124s. We lived on the airbase for almost 10 years. 1954 -1963.

Ken (Ski) Tanski, 07.01.2015

Worked on C-133's from 1962-1964 iat Dover AFB, then again at Lajes Field, Azores until 1966. I was a prop mechanic, and really liked that a/c.

Deborah Branson, 02.11.2014

Obviously did not Crew the C133. My dad was a flight engineer on the 133 from 1961-1968 at Dover. Ed Nisbet.

Douglas E. Bush, 19.10.2014

I arrived at DAFB Feb 1958 was assigned to the 1617th FLMS.
Assigned C-133a tail # 54-0145worked as crew chief till I separated in Jul 1961. Chief Ober was the FLMS super. I was there when a C-133a crashed on a test flight,I remember that all of the wreakage was put in the black hangar.

Jose Corrales Sr, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 09.09.2012

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

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