Douglas DC-6 / C-118
1946
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Douglas DC-6 / C-118

Built as an enlarged and pressurised DC-4 in order to compete with the Lockheed Constellation, the DC-6 (as the XC-112A) first flew on 15 February 1946. It had a 2.06m longer fuselage than the DC-4, accommodation for 48-52 passengers and was powered by four 1,565kW Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp CA15 engines. American Airlines and United Air Lines introduced the DC-6 on 27 April 1946. A total of 175 DC-6 were built. The windowless DC-6A freighter followed in 1949, powered by 1,788.5kW Double Wasps, with reinforced floor and double cargo doors - 74 were built.

The DC-6A was 1.52m longer than the DC-6 (101 going to the USAF as C-118A transports). The DC-6B, with accommodation for 54-102 passengers, first flew on 2 February 1951 and also had the longer fuselage. American Airlines introduced DC-6B on its US transcontinental services on 29 April 1951. It was one of the finest and most economical piston-engined transports. It remained in production until 1958 and 288 were built. Many of the DC-6 series were later converted to freighters.

Douglas DC-6 / C-118


Specification 
 CREW3-5
 PASSENGERS64-92
 ENGINE4 x P+W R-2800-CB17, 1840kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight48125 kg106098 lb
    Empty weight24583 kg54197 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan35.8 m117 ft 5 in
    Length32.2 m106 ft 8 in
    Height8.7 m29 ft 7 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed575 km/h357 mph
    Cruise speed495 km/h308 mph
    Range w/max.fuel7856 km4882 miles

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renee, rcorbally=msn.com, 18.03.2014

Does any one rember Capt. Jerry Palomino who was stationed at McGuire Afb. I am trying to locate him, if anyone knows what happened to him please contact me. He was there about 1960-62
Renee rcorbally@msn.com

Suboficial Principal, 13.02.2014

I am a Principal Subofficer for the Argentine Air Force. For any USAF folks, you would call me a Senior Master Sergeant. For any of you RAF folks, you would call me a Chief Technician. I flew these sons of bitches when I was in 'Nam. I was a Troop transport and I would take troops in and get out of there. I never really saw much action except for the occasional AA fire.

Ron Thomas, n4rt=bellsouth.net, 12.02.2014

I was a TAR ATN2 at NARTU Jacksonville when we flew cargo/passenger missions in support of VR-21 at Barber's Point. I would like to find anyone who can verify those flights and our physical presence on the ground in Danang for a VA claim. I remember distinctly one mission around Nov '67 where we hauled about 40 gallons of whole milk from JAX to Danang to give to the troops stationed there. Keeping that milk on ice and refrigerated at every stop was a real PITA, but we did it. All they could get in Danang was powdered milk and they were grateful for our gift. I believe our pilot was a CDR Vehorn who also flew for an airline. If anyone happens to remember or can verify this mission, please contact me. Thanks!! LCDR Ron Thomas USN-RET (21 years)

Tom Connell, Connell.Ta=gmail.com, 26.12.2013

Trying to identify a patch found in my father-in laws things that I think is connected to former Willow Grove NAS. Patch shows an elephant with wings over the top of the world with a communications tower below. Palm tree left of the tower and mountain on right. Outline of Keystone state and "VR 931" written below. I found one article saying they flew the C-118. Anyone know what kind of unit it was. I believe he did classified work in Alaska maybe for NORAD. Any help is appreciated.

Thomas Leonard, tleonard93=yahoo.com, 23.12.2013

I am trying to locate anyone who was assigned to the 4650th Combat Support Squadron Based out of Richards Gebaur AFB Misssouri from 1968-1971. My father who passed away in 2001 was the commander of the Squadron which had 6 C-118's at Richards Gebaur AFB, and 3 C-119s at Stewart AFB New York and 3 C-119's at Hamilton AFB California. I am trying to find out if anyone recalls the tail numbers on the C-118's. Would also like to hear from anyone who knew my father Col. Edwin P. Leonard and any stories about Him or the Unit. He also Served in Viet Nam in the 310th and 315th Air Commando Squadron flying C-123 Providers from Sept 1966 Through October 1967

Rick Stow, rik77stow=yahoo.com, 20.12.2013

I forgot to mention in my post that the NAS Keflavik C-118 that we flew to the "bone yard" was, I believe, the last one still flying in the Navy. That would have been about June 1984.

Rick Stow, rik77stow=yahoo.com, 20.12.2013

In 1984 I was stationed at NAS Keflavik, Iceland and was one of the pilots flying the station's aircraft, a C-118. It was a great plane; we carried about 60 passengers per trip and went to many places in Europe for a long weekend R&R trip for the folks. People would get "burnt out" in Iceland as you could imagine, hence the R&R trip.

The C-118 was a great plane to fly and very reliable, although finding AVGAS was not always the easiest thing to do. About halfway through that one year tour, we flew the C-118 to the bone yard at Davis Monthan AFB and turned her in for salvage. It was kind of sad actually.

Then the air station got a P-3A which could fly those trips twice as fast.....and carry half the passengers. I believe that is what they call progress.

Fred F. Gorman, fredgorman=ymail.com, 20.12.2013

Seems to me that VR-% in Moffett Field was the first Navy sqad. to fly C118, We received the 128 series in Vr-21 sometime in 1953, Flew C-54 and C118 as Radio-op on both active and reserve duty. Rear facing seats were standard for safety on the C-118.

Allan Anderson, allananderson=earthlink.net, 16.11.2013

I was selected for flight training in 1955. Waiting to grow up a bit, I attended AT A school, and then assigned to VR-21 in Barbers Point Hawaii. Worked in the electronics shop and flew as a radio operator on the R6D's. The squadron also flew Cincpacfleet's airplanes.One was BN 131424. I bet several of you remember that airplane. After flight training I flew the F3H-2 Demon. Went to work for UAL in 1964 and flew their DC-6's straight 6, 6B, 6BII and 6F. I still know more about the DC-6 than any airplane I have flown. Our ground school with UAL was 16weeks long back then. My oral exam on the DC-6 was over 8 hours and then the Sim. check. I Never flew Captain on it but have much time in the other two seats.
I loved it. The Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa CA. Has a R6D that I flew on while in VR-21. I hope it will restored, as it should be.

Leonard Chapman, lchapman36=gmail.com, 04.09.2013

While stationed at Hickam (1957-60)as a engine mechanic, worked the C-118 along with the C-124, C-97 and Navy version of the "connie." It was tight conditions on the 2800, but the 4360 was a breeze!

John Gordon, jbgordo41=yahoo.com, 17.08.2013

I was stationed at HAFB from may of 1959 thru 1963 and was a crew chief on the C-118. Good friend of Billy Gene Wyatt. I was stationed in the PI, to Tachikawa, back to the PI from May 1965 to Feb 1970 on C-118 Areo Medi-vac going in and out of the RVN regularly. Any one else? Contact me.

Jay Mooney, jcmooney=bellsouth.net, 19.05.2013

I joined Nas Atlanta (VR 54) in Feb 1977. Flew on the C118 from Atlanta to Azores and onto Rota, Spain until the C9'S replaced the aging C118's.The unit changed names from VR54 to VR46 sometime in that period of time. I was an AE and flew as a flight attendant in training on both air planes. The C118 was slow but very dependable. VR46 was the last unit to retire the C118's from military service. Had a great time and some memorable moments ( smoke in overhead, loss of power 75 ft off ground on take off)in C118. Enjoyed annual actdutra in Rota and made many good friends.

NORRIS SUMRALL, redrock8888=cableone.net, 10.05.2013

I was Flight Traffic Specialist with 1600 Air Base Group, Westover AFB, Ma. Flying attached to 1252nd ATS. First C-97s then C-124s. All cargo type aircraft, then C-118s. They were so plush, we though we had died & gone to Heaven! I believe they were with the Navy VR-6 squadron which was attached to our base at Westover, Ma. This was in the 1953 era.

Noble Atkins, nobleatkins=mac.com, 10.05.2013

My brother Bill Atkins while in the Navy reserves was assigned to VR-701 a C-118 unit flying out of Navy Dallas. His unit flew to Vietnam several times during his service in the late 1960s. I am attempting to help him locate anyone that he can contact that could assist him in establishing his participating in these missions. I was in the US Army flying OV-1 Mohawks out of Marble Mountain Vietnam during that time. Contact me at nobleatkins@mac.com

Ms. Aungelic Nelson, aungelic.nelson=us.af.mil, 01.05.2013

Hello, I am the Wing historian at McGuire AFB (now Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst). We have a C-118 Static display that has been here since the 1980s. It was recently refurbed and on 14 May we are having a recognition ceremony to honor those who put hours of their own time into restoring it.

If anyone lives in the local area and would like to attend, please let me know as soon as possible. We'd love to have you there. Also, if you have stories of your time on the C-118s, please get in touch as I am in the process of putting together my remarks for the events.

Florence Dimitroff Garcia, FJDG12=GMAIL.COM, 23.04.2013

I served in the USAF-WAF as a Flight Traffic Specialist(International Flight Attendant)McGuire AFB, NJ from 1962-1966. I flew all over the world as part of MATS 38th Squadron on the C-118. It is a great plane and I have a lithograph on my wall of it. I was Miss McGuire AFB in 1964 and Miss Air Force 1964. I served in the S.Pacific during the Viet Nam War and the C-118 always was a worthy and reliable aircraft. I have such great memories of the plane, crew and passengers that played such a big part of my life.

Richard Leonard, pwcpig116=comcast.net, 22.04.2013

Anyone with the 4650th CSS out of Richard-Gebaur AFB in the late 1960's? My father was the commander of the unit from 1967-1970. Would enjoy hearing from anyone associated with the unit flying C-118's.

Dick Goodwin, usaf4000=yahoo.com, 12.04.2013

From 1861 through 1965 I was a navigator and flight examiner on C-118s stationed at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. Logged over 4000 hours on flight all over the world. The majority of flight were carrying pasengers but a few cargo configurations. Of the more memorable flights included carrying UN combat troops from Sweden into the African Congo, several into Viet Nam with contractors before the offical war started there, and we were the 2nd plane to land at Guantanamo Cuba the day President Kennedy ordered the Soviet blockade. The C-118 was a stable and reliable airplane. Navigation was pretty basic using celestial, loran, pressure pattern and some unreliable radio signals. I left the Air Force after 5 years for a corporate career but I have fond memories of my experiences with the C-118 and MATS. Anyone with similar experiences wtih the 30 ATS at McGuree? Would enjoy hearing from you.

Dick Goodwin, usaf4000=yahoo.com, 12.04.2013

From 1861 through 1965 I was a navigator and flight examiner on C-118s stationed at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. Logged over 4000 hours on flight all over the world. The majority of flight were carrying pasengers but a few cargo configurations. Of the more memorable flights included carrying UN combat troops from Sweden into the African Congo, several into Viet Nam with contractors before the offical war started there, and we were the 2nd plane to land at Guantanamo Cuba the day President Kennedy ordered the Soviet blockade. The C-118 was a stable and reliable airplane. Navigation was pretty basic using celestial, loran, pressure pattern and some unreliable radio signals. I left the Air Force after 5 years for a corporate career but I have fond memories of my experiences with the C-118 and MATS. Anyone with similar experiences wtih the 30 ATS at McGuree? Would enjoy hearing from you.

Palmer Bowling, pbowling1=cox.net, 26.02.2013

Stationed at McGuire 1960-62 with VR-6. Worked electic shop on C-118 as AE-3. Went to AE"B" school at Jax. Fla.
Sent to Brunswick,Me., VP-23 as AE-2 & flew flight crew on LJ-8,LJ-7 and then LJ-1.Loved flying the North Atlantic out
of Iceland. We flew the P2V-7s,and I couldn't wait for the wing heaters to go off.Even with both Pratt/Whitt 3200s at
full throtle along with the two JATOsgwe wouldd slowly fall
out of the sky as we iced-up.By gettin the heaters back on line, I was assured of a free round at the club. After the
C-118s the P2Vs keep you on your toes.

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