Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
1949
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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


Specification 
 CREW5
 PASSENGERS200
 ENGINE4 x P+W R-4360-63, 2795kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight84000 kg185189 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    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
 PERFORMANCE
    Cruise speed520 km/h323 mph
    Ceiling6100 m20000 ft
    Range w/max.fuel6500 km4039 miles
    Range w/max.payload1970 km1224 miles

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Don Goodfleisch, 10.10.2015

I am trying to find anyone else who knows that Agent Orange was carried on C-124's to Vietnam. Please e-mail me at donsandy@netscape.com. Thanks

Don Goodfleisch, 10.10.2015

Don Goodfleisch. I served at Hickam AFB from 1967-1970 as a recip engine mechanic in the build up shop and finally on the flight line doing transient aircraft maintenance. Ron Reier, Curt Roessler were assigned there from Travis and still maintain contact. We often wonder where the others who we worked with are now. We had many good times there. Anyone who can provide info on Tom Reed, Joseph Thibault, or anyone else there from 1967-1970 would be appreciated. I recall a C124 that arrived with a log entry stating all 4 engines over boost on take off from Georgia (I think) requiring all engines r&r. That crew went home via Pan Am. But they got 4 brand new engines, The build up shop at Hickam was rated as the best in the Air Force; can't help but wonder if that crew knew that. Anyway, email me with any info you may have please. donsandy@netscape.com.

Willie (Bill) Ross, 14.09.2015

19th log.1962-1966 logged about 150 hrs a month in shaky 2 and 1/2 years,late 63 to end of 65. changed out generater #4 eng. in flight.4 to 5 flights into viet nam.got 28 small-arms rounds in the ass-end in 64 (1078).flew everything they requested in (Yes even AO )flew Bodies out to Clark. made crash landing at Tachi (Japan)12 foot visibility 28 days for repairs.Lost all 4 engines coming out of Chianye,green engineer,fogot to hit boost pumps,when he switched tanks,blue stacks and cyls get her going again.Thank about it,alls quite at 9000 ft. on a 124.Iwould love to fly on her again (ALL SMILES)











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Walt Martley, 27.08.2015

I am still trying to locate a piece of aviation art that depicts a bunch of crewmwmbers playing cards on the flyaway kit that was stowed back behind the elevator. Anyone with any ideas please scribble to me.

19th Log, 55-56
Engine mech, lowpaid flight mech
Crewed 51-150

John Hille, 22.08.2015

A comment on your post Speedy. Somewhere along the way 51-158 got transferred to Donaldson AFB, SC. I went to Donaldson from Morocco in April of 59 and after working flight line maintenance for about 6 months I was assigned crew Chief on that C-124. The first month I made crew chief of the month, after a ton of work by myself and my assistant to make it the best looking aircraft on the line, and of course generating the least amount of write-ups during the month, but that by the grace of God more than what we did. Douglas made a painting of 51-158 as a presentation gift to whomever they decided to give them to. I found one in an antique shop in NC about 10 years ago, framed beautifully and with the name of who received it. I bought it, and it now hangs over my fireplace in my den. Loved that airplane!!

Reece, 18.08.2015

Thanks for sharing that information, Speedy.

J.C. "Speedy" Wheeler, 16.08.2015

Well this morning I decided to add a little bit more about the first tour with the C-124's and the 19th Logistics Support Squadron (LSS) at Kelly AFB.

We had 13 of the C-124A's with the following numbers. 51-108, 51-109, 51-110, 51-115, 51-150, 51-151, 51-152, 51-153, 51-154, 51-155, 51-156, 51-157 and 51-158. Isn't it amazing I can remember all those numbers and can't remember what I get up and go the bathroom for at night?

Now the odd part; as I began I was going to give a bit of information on the only loss the squadron ever had. That was the loss of 51-156 on 16 August, 1956, 59 years ago today. The crewmen on board numbered 13, the number of men lost was only 1 while the aircraft was totally destroyed and then burned. I have 6 photos of the wreckage should you desire copies.

Personnel at San Salvador AFB, Bahamas were in urgent need of these materials due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Betsy, so two C-124 Globemasters were prepared to fly in supplies.

On departure from Patrick AFB at 05:31 the takeoff weight was 173,741 pounds which is within the limits of 175,000 pounds gross takeoff weight. The first C-124A 51-110 landed at San Salvador on runway 28 following which the pilot contacted 51-0156 to discuss the best direction for landing. The captain of 51-110 advised the crew that landing on runway 10 looked the most favorable as the wind sock seemed to indicate a wind from slightly east of south. San Salvador radio had given the winds as southeast at eleven knots. After a low pass over runway 10, and following the traffic pattern at approximately 07:35 he turned final approach. A crab was established to counter the cross wind from the right. As the C-124 was passing over the approach to the runway, the crew felt a jar on the right gear and thought they had made a hard landing on the right main gear. The captain prepared to make a normal hard landing recovery but the aircraft continued to settle on the right side, sliding down the runway and off the right side, finally stopping with the flight compartment tipped to the right at an estimated 60 degree angle. The aircraft had turned approximately 145 degrees to the right. The crew in the flight compartment escaped through the co-pilots window and to a safe distance.

J.C. "Speedy" Wheeler, 15.08.2015

This is in response to a question by "Mike" on 12/10/2012.
It has been 45 years but I believe the exhaust port on the forward fuselage will prove to be that of a gasoline powered cabin heater mounted in the nose compartment. Anyone else have further, please add your say. J.C.

Fred May, 05.08.2015

Would Ura A Matthews please contact me at serenityacres@windstream.net

Fred May, 29.07.2015

dOES ANYONE RECALL CARRYING AGENT ORANGE ON OLD SHAKEY TO Vietnam IN 1963

Leon S, 25.07.2015

@ Speedy Wheeler,I to was at Kelly w/19th Log Oct'59-Aug'60
in the PE dock, Msgt McVey(sic)name comes to mind. Vol. for Japan ended up at Tachikawa '60-'62 w/1503 FLMS, TDY's to
Okie,Korea,Clark,DaNang. Wouldn't change a thing, great times and PPL that I met and worked with.While at Tachi I noticed the flare pistol wrapped in a cloth "bag" and always laying on the floor of the Navigators table, so I sent in a suggestion to mount a 'Holster"on the Navigators table leg for the pistol. Funny thing that a few mounts after I was discharged('62) I received a check from the AF for $50. for the suggestion. That was pretty cool.
Nuff said
Leon

kitty headley, 22.07.2015

All i can say is we lived off base as a dependent of a young service man he was a machanic with the1503 squadron and these planes would fly right over our house. I wad young so i just took it in stride. Don't know how it would sound to me today. Miss that time in my life and all the people that were in it.

Steve Terry, 17.05.2015

I'm hoping to find out some information about my uncle. His name is Capt. Howard L Pruden and he flew C-124's out of West Palm Beach AFB. On August 21, 1956 he and the crew were apparently doing touch and go's when a prop "cuff" came off the #2 engine, went through the wing, severed the controls and the plane crashed shortly after take off. Tragically 3 of the crew of 6 died. My Uncle was one of the 3 survivors. His daughter (my cousin) recently passed on and I was given his "Distinguished Flying Cross" and a photo album showing pics of the wreckage, my Uncle with the Sgt. whose life he reportedly saved and him receiving the DFC. It's been long time since the crash and my Uncle pass away in 1980, but if anyone knew my uncle or has any information or remembers anything about what happened I would like to hear from you and would share any information or pics that I have.

Steve Terry 801.263.3331

Walt Martley, 15.05.2015

Engine mech/flight mech non-431 style, at 19th Log in 55-56 on A/C 51-150.
I am looking for an aviation art painting of some guys playing cards on the flyaway kit behind the elevator. If anyone knows of it, please scribble to me at bettyandwalt@cox.net.

Reece, 24.04.2015

I just came across this site today. Glad to see so many fellow "Old Shaky" lovers. I was a recip. engine mechanic on the ole girl from 1966 to 1971. I have a piece of equipment that I think came from the 124 that I would like to identify. Not sure how to load a photo of it on this blog. It is U-shaped, 27 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and the bar itself is 1" diameter. Each end of the U has a slot that attaches to something. It is very light, probably aluminum. I believe it came from the inside of the fuselage, and may have something to do with the web seats. Let me know if you can help. I can send a photo. Thanks, Reece

Fred May, 20.03.2015

John Way Just started reading and got the biggest kick out of Mag Check Charlie. I also flew the 124 as a loadmaster 63-64 and every time we were leaving Wake Island we also had a Shark at the end of the runway and his name was Reject Charlie and if you did rotate you would be his meal

Fred, 19.03.2015

I was a loadmaster on C124 A/C out of the 7th Troop Carrier Sqd. McChord AFB in 63-64. Trying to locate crew members who may have flown the Saigon sorties around Sept -Nov 63 delivering Agent orange and other Hazardous chemicals to Tan Son Knut. Va is saying C124 aircraft did not haul agent orange or hazardous material to South Viet Nam in63 as part of the build up. Can anyone verify what I know to be true. 828-863-4748

Alyce Hansen, 08.03.2015

My dad David gouge flew the c-124 at castle and pinecastle afb I in the mid and late 50s They were my aunt and uncle but we're the only real parents I knew--they are both gone but my memories of af life and them are unforgettable--some names I knew were Krause,temple,high,blum

David Saaks, 02.03.2015

I flew the C-124 out of Travis AFB from 1963-1967. My first assignment was with the 75th ATS where I flew co-pilot and then upgraded to Aircraft Commander. When the 75th transitioned to the C-141 I opted to go to the 85th ATS where I flew as an instructor pilot and flight examiner. I left the Air Force in 1967 with approximately 3300 hours of flight time, mostly in "Old Shakey" Many wonderful memories of those years.

Michael Vega, 25.02.2015

I went to Aircraft Mechanic school Shepard AFB for 43131A school in April 1969. After completing school was assigned to the 61st OMS squadron at Hickam AFB Hawaii. Worked on C-124 in Major Inspection Hanger night shift working Landing gear and flight control cabeling. Remember Jacking Aircraft and doing adjustments and changing braking dics and wheels. Interesting work. Crawling through the wings lubeing cables wasn't much fun..Working flight line was exciting.Watching those R4360's rev up. Only was in 61st for a few months then reassigned C-124's to reserve units. Got assigned to the 619th MASSQ then we worked on every acft stopping at Hickam C-124. C-118, C-121 C-97 C-133 Went to Travis to train on Jets 43151E school then worked on C-141 and C-5A was last acft I worked on before Getting out in Augt 1972. What a experiance Loved my time at Hickam Would love to hear from anyone assighed to 61st or 619th during that time.

Mike Vega

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