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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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SSG. Douglas M. Ducote Sr., 05.09.2010

If anyone is on Facebook, I have started a group called: C-124 Globemaster "Old Shakey". My father was a C-124 Load Master which inspired me to start the facebook group, and I've always had a love for this aircraft starting in my youth when dad was stationed at Dobbins. On his weekend drills, while he was up flying, he would let me inside one of the birds not flying that day to play...and I was like a kid turned loose at the state fair LOL. My military time was spent on CH-47 Chinooks in the army, and I did 3 years in the Air Guard on MH-60G's, I'm now retired. Anyway, this is a wonderful site, and some very neat pics!

Bob Slater, 04.09.2010

I flew C-124's with the 1st SSS, Biggs AFB from 1953 to 1955. Aircraft Commander was Capt. Russ Steber. We had some good rides and I learned a lot from him. Graduated Primary Spence field and Basic Reese AFB, Class 53-C. Anyone who remembers any of this please send me an email.
Bob Slater

Jim Zeitler, 31.08.2010

I enlisted in Aug 1963. My first base was Dover. C-124's, C-97's, C-133's, F-105's I believe. I didn't work on anything but heavies. When I was scheduled to ship out to Lajes Field, Azores we received the first C-141.
I was on a return flight from Hickam where we were supporting the airlift to Nam. We had 100 maintenance folks on board and were due to land at Carswell AFB in Texas. We had been circling for quite some time when the flight engineer came down to the cargo floor and asked " Does anyone know anything about Hydraulics". My Career field, I raised my hand. "The pilot sure would like to have a word with you." I went to the cockpit and the pilot advises me the left main won't come out of the wheel well. Can I do anything about it. It seems they were getting ready to foam the runway. I told him yes. I had seen my tool box in back of the acft and I needed a couple of long cargo straps and 3 or 4 big guys. He aske what theystraps were for and I told him I was going to tie one end of them around my waist and i wanted the 4 guys to make sure the other end remained inside the acft.

I crawled out through the wing and got behind #2 engine, wrapped my legs around a spar that came from the wing spar to the back of the engine. I used a large screwdriver to pry the uplock over center and the gear lowered to the down and locked position, and I immediately Puked all over Carswell AFB. All I could see below us was emergency vehicle lights everywhere. The pilot took me to the O-Club and bought me a steak dinner and many cold "beverages."
I loved the C-124 and the C-133. Good acft. My shop chief was a Master Sgt Named Elsworth Bates. He didn't like for us to refer to him by rank and last name only. LMAO ! One of the smartest men I ever had the privilege to work for.
James M. Zeitler Msgt USAF Retired.

John Christy, 30.08.2010

In 1964, we were on our way to Korea with hazardous cargo. We were over the california mountains at 12,000 feet. I had just got my four army guards strapped in when the plane dropped 4,800 feet. I left the floor, hitting my head on the ceiling which was 13 feet up. I used my hands to walk on the ceiling until the plane slowed its falling. I grabbed the hoist cable and slid down to the floor. Thank GOD the wings didn't come off.

Steve Westgate, 28.08.2010

My Savannah, GA ANG unit, 165 MAG was the last operational Shakey unit. We took the last 124's to the boneyard the summer of 1974. A couple of years later SECDEF made one of our crews "current and qualified" by his signature. They flew local one day at Davis Montham and the next day to the museum at Wright Pat. I made a "solo" landing one day at Hill AFB because the right hand windscreen cracked all over and the AC who was in that seat, decided to leave me with it. We were about 20 miles from landing so I made a solo landing. On my first flight to Viet Nam after UPT, we logged 130 hours which was more than half of the time I logged af flight school.

Don Goeke, 26.08.2010

Well guys I can't remember any tail numbers as I arrived at Travis AFB right out of tech school at Sheppard AFB,Texas. I got the privilge of walking into an outfit that was equipped with C-124modified "A" and "C" models and a bunch of C-97's. Shakey was an easy aircraft for me as an aircraft electrician. The only thing I didn't realize that an aircraft could leak that much oil and still fly. The flights I made over the water we were afraid that we were leaving and oil slick. I still have fond memories of the old bird and the amount of oil I took home each day in my fatigues. I made several different flights in the old bird and would you believe we only lost a total of 2 engines and none to fire. She was a reliable old bird it was slow but we always made it their.

Mike Vespucci, 26.08.2010

After Recip. Engine School at Sheppard AFB in 1961 i got stationed at Dover AFB til 1964 worked Flt Line with the 1607 OMS went tdy alot to Ft. Campell, Cherry Point and Agusta Ga for para drops. also went tdy to Chateroux France for 4 months in 1963 then to the Congo at the end of 63'to take the Nigerian troops back home. also remenber changing fuel pumps in the reverments at Dover what a lonely place lol. i enjoyed my time working and flying in OL'E SHAKEY. Would like to hear from anyone that remembers me.

Jack Hoyt, 22.08.2010

I was a C-124 co-pilot (fresh out of flight school) in 1st SSS (SAC)at Biggs AFB El Paso TX 1953 - 1954. I AM LOOKING FOR A LARGE FRAMEABLE PHOTO OR POSTER OF a C-124 for my old-age collection! Any ideas anyone ?

Jim Irby, 21.08.2010

I was assigned to the 19thLSS out of air police school in 1955, and cross-trained to loadmaster in 1956. I flew on c 124 #51-110 with Captain Walter Raby as AC and was on the mission to San Salvador when 51-156 with Captain Ulsh crashed upon landing. Iwas transferred to Tachikawa, Japan in 1959 and retired from the military in florida after 24 years. I have some wonderful memories of my many hours on ( Big Shakey ) having logged over 3000 hours on her. I would love to hear your war stories if you would e-mail me.

Rich Ragucci, 16.08.2010

I was a loadmaster on shakey from 1966-1972 it was the best aircraft i was on . So many memories on the road. How many crew rested on the douglas hotel. I think of her every day.

Bob Worn, 14.08.2010

I was first assigned to the 3rd SSS at Hunter as they were moving Chatham AFB over to Hunter. I still remember the smell of the new aircraft as we picked them up one by one at the Douglas plant.
Anyone still around from the 3rd SSS???

doug drake, 05.08.2010

inst. mech. on c124 c133 1956 1959 dover afb dover when c133 cashed i tested the flap transmiter it sh owed the wing flapes down tdy to long beach cal.1957 thore misseles to england 1958 tdy edwardes prop trouble c133

doug drake, 05.08.2010

1607 fms inst.mech. 1956 1959 longbeach 1957 thores to england 1957 edwards c133 tdy

Dennis Cox, 27.07.2010

worked on ole shakey at McCord, TDY to Mactan Island, and finished up at Hill AFB, Ut. Had many good times working on ole shakey. Also can never forget them coming from Nam into Mactan stacked to the ceiling with those silver caskets. Not one had a flag on them as they do for our fallen coming home now.

Jim McCaffrey, 24.07.2010

Stationed at Hickam from Nov. 1965 to Feb. 1968 I was a recip. eng. mech. on C-124s in the 1502 FMS. At some point in time the 1502nd became the 61st (TMS) Transient Maintenance Sqd. I also worked on c-118, C-119, C-121,C-46,C-45 and C-97s. I enjoyed my time at Hickam. I would love to hear from someone from the good old days.
All the best,

William Ramsey, 19.07.2010

I flew C-124's at Brookley and later at Hickem It was a grand
old machine Lots of miles, memories, and hair raising experiences. I recall the very last ride I had on one was from Seoul, Korea back to Yokota after our old C-54 broke down. I believe the only Sqdn. left in the Pacific at the time was at Clark AB PI This was in 1970

"Speedy" Wheeler, 15.07.2010

Forgot to leave the URL for my Web-Site on the 19th Logistics Support Squadron so here tiz:


James C. "Speedy" Wheeler, 15.07.2010

Hello to all, especially Jim Mcdonald who left a note on March 23rd, 2010. Jim was with the 19th Logistics Support Squadron (LSS or LOG) in 1959/60 the same time frame as my first tour with the 19th Log.

I served with the 19th Log from Feb. 1956 to May of 1960 and again after my return from Vietnam, August 1967 thru December 1969. On my first tour, I worked as a Mechanic on C-124A Number 51-150 crewed by a big man, MSgt William J. Nichols. I have many a story I can tell about Nick as I would later be able to call him. None of these stories are negative, but all are Positive. Nick was fair but firm and took me under his wing as a snotnosed kid of 17 and got me started on a successful and productive Air Force Career.

In 1967 while still stationed in Vietnam I boarded a crew transport van in downtown Siagon and came face to face with Nick. I ask him to if he could, assist me in getting into Maintenance Control once I got back to the 19th, ( I had my assignment already ). A short time after I arrived back at the 19th, I was assigned to Maintenance Control. Nick never mentioned anything about my request to him but after he passed away, I found through CMSgt Joe Allen that he had in fact recommended me highly for the job.

On another subject, I have started a new Web-Site on the 19th Logistics Support Squadron in an effort to collect and make public some of the history that has always been kinda kept secret. You can visit this web-site and hopefully if you were a part of the 19th, Join me in this effort.

Take Care and I hope to hear from you folks who were a part of this C-124 Mission. Jim, let me hear from you, I have a large photo of your bird 115 on this web-site. Wasn't your Crew Chief MSgt Schenk?? spelling?

James C. "Speedy" Wheeler
MSgt Retired 1955-75

Ray Williams, 15.07.2010

Was a flightline crew chief on C-124's at Hickam from 67-70 in the 61st OMS. Would enjoy hearing frpm my fellow Shaky mechanics of that era.

Gerald Miller, 05.07.2010

I was a recip. eng. mech. on the C-124 stationed at Hickam Air force base 1502 fms. 1963-1966. We were called mats Military air lift command. Before I left it was changed to mac Military airlif command. I have been trying to locate a 1502 fms patch but haven't had any luck. If anyone knows where I can get one please let me know. I also worked on c-118 and c-121 super constelation.

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