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Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

There was little doubt of the load-carrying capability of the C-74 and when, in late 1947, the newly-formed US Air Force decided it needed a heavy strategic cargo transport, discussions between the.USAF and Douglas resulted in development of the C-124 Globemaster II, based on the C-74.

In fact, the prototype YC-124 was basically the fifth C-74 provided with a new, deeper fuselage and strengthened landing gear. Powered by 2610kW R-4360-49 radial engines, it was flown for the first time on 27 November 1949. The type entered production as the C-124A, of which 204 were built, the first of them entering service with the USAF in May 1950. The next, and final, production version was the C-124C, with more-powerful R-4360 engines, weather radar in a distinctive nose radome and, equally useful recognition points, wingtip fairings housing combustion heaters to de-ice the wing and tailplane leading edges and to heat the cabin. C-124C production totalled 243, the last machine being delivered during May 1955.

The fuselage of the Globemaster II had clamshell nose loading doors with an associated built-in loading ramp, an electric hoist amidships which was a carry-over from the C-74, and two overhead cranes (each with a capacity of 7257kg which could traverse the entire length of the 23.47m-long cargo hold. The flight deck, accommodating a crew of five, was mounted high in the nose, over the clamshell doors. When used in a transport role (with two decks installed), the Globemaster II could carry a maximum of 200 fully-equipped troops, or 123 stretcher cases plus 45 ambulatory patients and 15 medical attendants.

Serving with the USAF's Air Materiel Command, Far Eastern Air Force, Military Air Transport Service, Strategic Air Command and Tactical Air Command, and used in conjunction with Douglas C-133s, the Globemaster Us remained in service until replaced by the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy during 1970. When the Globemaster Is ended their useful, service life; some were acquired by civil cargo operators.

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

 ENGINE4 x P+W R-4360-63, 2795kW
    Take-off weight84000 kg185189 lb
    Wingspan53.1 m174 ft 3 in
    Length39.8 m131 ft 7 in
    Height14.7 m48 ft 3 in
    Wing area233.0 m22507.99 sq ft
    Cruise speed520 km/h323 mph
    Ceiling6100 m20000 ft
    Range w/max.fuel6500 km4039 miles
    Range w/max.payload1970 km1224 miles

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Ray D. Airy, 26.11.2010

I was with the 1607th periodic maint Sqdn from 9/56 to 9/57. I was a real new 2nd Lt maint officer on the
C-124C. MSGT Mader and others got me started and kept me in line. I owe those NCO's a great deal.

Lt Col Rodman Crawford was the Sqnd Cmdr. We were on a wartime schdule during the Suze crisis and had to work around the clock to turn out the inspections and sell the acft back to flightline sqdn to load and get out.

I learned analyzer, thanks to some great engineers.

Got RIFED in 9-57......spent 32 years in AFRES and IA ANG, retired
Brig Gen 01-02-90.........I'll never forget my start with the 1607th PMS, and The 124

Bob Cox, 25.11.2010

Iknow all there is to know. I was an A/C/IP/FE/ flight simulator instructor from 4/58 to 12/64. Had 6000 hrs in the bird. Ask me about my one engine landing at gander Newfoundland. (530)313-8818 from June to October each year.

Bob Georges, 18.11.2010

Reading the info from Gene Van Houten. It's a small world.
I was also in the 2nd SSS at the SAC base, Castle AFB Merced Ca in 1954 after coming out of Sheppard AFB TX A&E school.
I was a scanner/flt mech om Ol Shakey and flew on missions to Barksdale AFB, Carswell AFB, Limestone Me AFB, Larson AFB, Lockbourne AFB,Ladd AFB Alaska. Ol Shakey was really an oil slinger with those recip 4360 engines and about 10% of the time we were feathering one of the four engines.
But we had fun flying on that acft and had good crews.
At the end of 1954, they transferred me to the Alaskan Air Command so I was unaware that the 2nd SSS moved to Walker AFB..I forget the tail nbr of my acft but it was painted with dice on the fuselage below the cokpit and we had the name "Shake Rattle & Roll" painted on her. Anyway, I have fond memories of flying on Ol Shakey.. If anyone out there that was at Castle with me in the 2nd SSS at castle happens to read this, give me a Hello at my EMail addr.

Jim Scheidel MSgt Ret, 18.11.2010

Spent 4 years at Dover AFB 1607 OMS Aug 62 to Oct 66. Worked pre & post dock and later was a crew chief. Was engine run up qualified. It was a fairly simple aircraft to work on. There was just so much of it. Spent many long days and nights on the flight line. Worked 12 plus hrs a day 6 to 7 days a week. If it had been my first enlistment it would have been my last.

Leonard B. Chapman, 13.11.2010

1957-60 Recip. mech with the 1502 FLMS at Hickam. Worked transient AC....97's, 118's, 121's and of Old Shakeys. Those in charge were...Sgt. Moldenhower, Sgt. Sweet and Lt. Penfield. Remember a family friend, M/Sgt Flt. Eng., who said they used to remove the Mag. cap and transfer carbon from pencils on contact points in cap....lots of misfires!!! Not sure if true! Also C-119 trying to snag & reel in mock capusles. And then there was the U-2 that stayed a few days under watch, MP's w/machine guns, then took off with everyone watching. Big earthquake in Chile, sunnami warnings, no wave, but all were on alet! Great time, long hrs., with F-104s in belly, on way to Far East. And still not able to join Am. Legion/VFW.

Bill Kepner, 12.11.2010

Marty Jersky. I remember you!
Good you joined us. I'd forgotten all about that fuel tank explosion! You might be remembering Bill Potter (aka peter potter)as the Coleman driver. In the engine build-up shop they had me rotating from canning to tear-down to wash rack and back again. Actually, tear-down was good education because in 1/2 day we removed all the stuff the shop spent a week installing, and pulled the engine too. It sure was dirty work tho. It tore the heels off my brogans and tattered the top of my cap full of holes!

Jackson Winn II, 07.11.2010

I was stationed at Bitburg AB Germany 66 to 69 and flew many times TDY to Wheelus AB Libya.

Martin Jersky, 05.11.2010

I forgot to add several other things i was tdy to Chateroux on the first group sent to Chateroux what a difference from Dover
While I was at Dover post dock was doing a engine runup with fuel tank access plate off figuring they could purge fumes during runup all of a sudden BOOM blew a hole in wing lucky rest of wing didnt blow Aircraft was 52-1032 they had to put APs to stop stripping for parts finally got back to service I think I remember Bill Kepner he drove Coleman and Euclids we used to tow C-124 with

Martin Jersky, 04.11.2010

I was stationed at Dover AFB 1957-1962 1607th Flightline Maint Sq Worst job was crawling out to #1 or #4 to set ADI pressur on run up noise and vibration and locationof pump on bottom of tank in back of engine made job difficult also hated changinging fuel booster pumps in wing tanks in winter had to strip down to shirt and slop out fuel with rags that was at bottom of tanks fumes could make you pass out

Bob Lacroix, 02.11.2010

Went to School @ Sheppard AFB in 1964. Recip engine Mechanic. Was in the 157th MATS NH Air Nation Guard Grenier Field Manchester with C-97's. Base later closed in 1966 and moved to Pease AFB (SAC) and our unit later became 157th MAC in 1966 with C-124's. Great airplane. Miss it.......

Roland S Weber, 29.10.2010

I was first stationed at McChord and went thur "Boot Camp" there as I was in a reserve unit from Long Beach, CA. After BC Training, we were asked if some of us would be willing to Volunter for an unidentified assignment. I did and wss given so tests to determin my math skills, and "passed" so the result was going to Loadmaster training for a new airplane soon to begin arriving.All of us were the first class to be trained. This was in 1950, and after graduating, I became a Loadmaster on a C-124, with tail number 50105.There was no slide rule at that time for this aircraft loading weight and balance computations, also no hand held calculators!Yes it was a great aircraaft and when we landed people stood around with mouths open due to its size. I had many interesting moments aboard - some quite exciting. We had a great crew, never went to europe but went to Umnak Island in Alaska as well as several trips to Japan. Landed at Hanada (nor Tokyo International) and was impressed that there were many bullet holes in the buildings left from the war. Also remember the numerous times it became necessary to change spark pluge (56 per engine) because we could not get take off clearance and idled too long. Also remember one winter in New York when we tried to check the mags but the brakes would not hold due to ice, so a decision was made that the engineer (Stogie Jones) would check them on take off, so we did. All went OK unntil we had just lifted off and 1 engine quit. Since we had no load another decision was made to continue on as we were going back to McChord. Well, as luck would have it, the second engine quit over Denver, but since it ws down hill we again decided to keep going. Luck was really with us, because the trird one quit just as we landed! Oh well, great times were had as we flew across the Pacific by way of Hawaii, Hidway, Kwagelain and Guam. Great time but would not want to do it again as I am 80 years young now.

Ernest N. Miles, 11.10.2010

Assigned to the 4th SSS Rapid City, SD August 1953 after finishing radio operator training. We mainly hauled special weapons back to NM for periodic maintenance. Went to Thule Greenland about 3 times. Logged about 750 hours before discharge March 1956. I attended one reunion in Tacoma and had a tough time remembering anyones name. My copilot got me in a corner and talked me into going back to college. I owe him a lot for taking the trouble to push me.

Deb, 03.10.2010

My father was a flight engineer on a C-124 that crashed in the mountains of Spain in February 1966. How come I cannot find ANTHING on this military crash? I was four years old at the time and I am curious about my father's military life (and death). Are there any answers out there?

tom demarest, 02.10.2010

Flew on C-124C out of Donaldson AFB Greenville SC from 1954-1957. Took the 82nd airborne all over the world, never had a major problem. Great aircraft. Left as a flight eng.

Stan Luker, 30.09.2010

I was a radio operator on the C-124 both at Larson and Mccord AFB, flew all over the world my last mission was operation new tape to the Congo,she was one of the best aircaft ever built, but I did get a lot of three engine time.

Stan Luker, 30.09.2010

I was a radio operator on the C-124 both at Larson and Mccord AFB, flew all over the world my last mission was operation new tape to the Congo,she was one of the best aircaft ever built, but I did get a lot of three engine time.

David Saaks, 23.09.2010

I was assigned right out of flight school (Laredo 63-G) to MATS 75th ATS at Travis. I enjoyed the squadron, the mission and most of all, Old Shakey. When the squadron transitioned to the C-141 I opted to transfer to the 85th ATS and continue flying the C-124. I finished my service as a flight examiner on the aircraft. It was terrific experience and I remember those days fondly.

Jack Dole, 19.09.2010

I flew the C-124 out of McChord from 1964 to 1968. I remember the 8 to 10 hour legs accross the Pacific to RVN and back. Usually got 80-90 hours of flying time on one trip. Also flew a lot to Alaska and remember the ice coming off the props and hitting the fuselage at 9 or 10,000 feet and jumping on the clam shell doors during flight to dislodge the ice so we could pick up some airspeed. Great airplace and enjoyed it a lot.

Mike Routledge, 17.09.2010

For all serious C-124 fans. An excellent book, Douglas C-124 Globemastyer II. 150 pages of history, photos, and squadron histories. ISBN: 0-942612-95-7. Steve Ginter, 1754 Warfield Circle, Sims Valley, CA 93063. Author , Earl Berlin. Mike Routledge, FE 75 ATS, 85 ATS & Crew Chief 28 LSS. 1958-1968. Security No. 9214

Jim George, 17.09.2010

I was stationed at Tachikawa and Yokota with Ole Shakey. We worked our butts off. We closed Tachi Air field when I was there. It was a fun plane to work on. I can also remember taking Shakey down to the end of the runway at Tachi with a fire truck and going to max power, the fire dept would shoot water behind the props and we would blow the Japanese protesters over the hill with there big ballons and bamboo poles. They would literally fly through the air. That's one memory I will never forget. I was there from 68 to 70

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