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.
| ENGINE||4 x P+W R-4360-63, 2795kW|
| Take-off weight||84000 kg||185189 lb|
| Wingspan||53.1 m||174 ft 3 in|
| Length||39.8 m||131 ft 7 in|
| Height||14.7 m||48 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||233.0 m2||2507.99 sq ft|
| Cruise speed||520 km/h||323 mph|
| Ceiling||6100 m||20000 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||6500 km||4039 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||1970 km||1224 miles|
|Dan Towery, Dan.Towery=yahoo.com, 01.03.2012|
flight engineer, Nine years, Dover AFB De. 15Ats. 55 to 60.Flight Test 60 to
64. enjoyded every min.Ret. 1964, CMSgt.
|Bob Laderoute, af1936=aol.com, 27.02.2012|
I served with the 1502nd field maintenance squadron at Hickam field ,Oahu T.H.(Then territory of Hawaii)
Was there in 1953 to 1956 as an aircraft mechanic specialist on the R4360 pratt and Whitney engine.
four each on the C 124 A and C models,served under Colonel Car,a great commander,Master Sgt Cherry one of the crew chiefs on maintenance, Memories,memories,memories!!!!
|Ascension Rojas Jr., chonyrojas=aol.com, 26.02.2012|
I was in the 1st Strategic support squadron known as the "Green Hornets" based at Biggs Airbase El Paso Tx. I flew (C-124) as student load master. Flew to Hickham AFB, Elmendorf AFB, And Eilsen AFB, Alaska. McKinley Bermuda, Azores, and Fairford England and just about every Air Base in the USA. I worked for McDonnell, Douglas 40 years as a Graphic Artist and Technical Illustrator.
|Richard Perpall, rperpall51=yahoo.com, 15.02.2012|
Great Plane! I was stationed at Dobbins AFB, Marietta Ga. from 1070-1976. We had the 124's when I first joined the 116th. I got to fly several times on them. I remember how noisy inside they were. You couldn't do much talking without headphones. They amazed me that they could get off the ground, but they did serve us well. Miss seeing one.
|tom horne, preachtom=juno.com, 15.02.2012|
i worked out of 780, and also in the docks, 61OMS in 67-70
would like to hear from anyone from that great time.
|cvgregory, cvgregory36=yahoo\, 13.02.2012|
I wasstationed at Hicam a.f.b. on124`s kwajilin,eniwetok,and warner Robins a.f.b.from 56 to 60. flyiny and mechaniching.they were great old ladies.
|Jack Hoyt, bendare=comcast.net, 10.02.2012|
Any members of the 1st SSS (SAC) Biggs AFB Texas 1953 - 1955 still around? email or post a reply here.
|Ralph Neumeister, mlforge=cebridge.net, 09.02.2012|
flew old shaky with the 22nd mas out of Tachikowa Japan from 1967 to unit was disbanded in early 1969. Anyone with old logs or orders listing me a loadmaster please let me know. I returned to C-133's at Dover for the duration of my enlistment. Both were great aircraft
|Mike Hall, troutflybooger=yahoo.com, 28.01.2012|
Hey guys, I am a vintage military collector. I just purchased an estate sale collection from Lt. Colonal Gary Aston. He flew the C-124 in Vietnam with 143 combat missions. He was a Lt. then...anyone remember him? The family did not know much. Thank you, Mike
|John Castetter, larkfield32=comcast.net, 20.01.2012|
I was stationed at Hamilton AFB , CA from 1966 to 1969 . Assigned to the engine shop in the 938 CAM SQ . My father , Major Bob Castetter was a C-124 pilot in the same unit . Our mission was mostly flying to Viet Nam . Also did time at RAF Mildenhall in late 1968 .
|wayne sweeney, gsweet1211=hotmail.com, 11.01.2012|
i need namesand contact info mation of pilots that flew the 141c out of MCcord 62nd during the 1966-1969
|Steve Stevensen, steve00=homesc.com, 10.01.2012|
I Spent 3 yrs working on those great old birds at Stewart AFB in the 904th Troop carrier gp. `66 to `69 when Stewart was closed as an AFB,& my 4 yrs of active duty in the engine shop of the 1608th F/M.squadron at Charlesto AFB S.C. [MATS at that time] A forgiving old gal & not bad to work on unless you drew the choice job of changing a complete carb,which meant most of a full day in a cramped nacelle,working thru an access panel,or replacing A#4 jug on any of the 4 engines which generally meant a bath in very thick & very black grade 1100 oil that never stopped dripping. Flew over the pond to Europe & all over the place over there during our callup to active duty in 68/`69 We were home based at RAF Mildenhall England,but did a lot of base hopping over there.They flew us home when our tour was up on a C-141 but it wasn`t the same as being in one of our "old Shakeys" We had 9 C-124s as best I can remember & tail numbers 0090,0092,0096,0097,0098,0100 & 0103 to name a few,the others escape my memory.It`s a time & experience none of us who were called up will ever forget.I often wonder if any of those great old planes are still around.They have one at Charleston AFB on static display & that`s the last one I ever saw.A great aircraft that served her country well.
|Mark Gaunt, gaunt5271=comcast.net, 07.01.2012|
Wow, been a long time since Tachi & the 1503 FLMS, 59-61. I get onto the C-124 sites on-line to remember the good times flying on that bird as an ACM (crew chief) all over the Pacific. Never had a serious problem. The good old days.
|Andy, a.e.fessmeister=hotmail.com, 29.12.2011|
What were the radio call signs back when the c-124 was in operation? Did the pilots use squadron call signs or did they use whatever they wanted? Can anyone give some call sign names? Thanks.
|Kenneth Jennings, kennyraow=yahoo.com, 18.12.2011|
Hello Guys. I am looking for anyone who knew my father, USAF A1C Kenneth Lane Jennings (of Augusta Arkansas) during his tour with the USAF between 1951 to 1955. You may have served with him in Texas, California, or when he was assigned to load cargo aircraft at Thule Air Base in Greenland. My dad was a great man. He 73 when passed away at my home in Idaho from lung cancer (cigarettes) on June 14th 2008. I'm trying to find those who knew him to collect their recollections, memories, & any copies of photographs to build an album of his life. If you knew my Dad, or if you might know someone who did, please email me at email@example.com. THANK YOU. K.Jennings
|Harry Provan, hprovan2=tampabay.rr.com, 16.12.2011|
Worked on c-124's, c-118, and Connies at Hickam AFB from 58-60 then got transferred over to maintaining the ground support equip. when the AF took it back from civilian workers. Did that for 1 year. Was at Shepard AFB for recip school latter part of 57.Hawaii was great duty.
|ROBERT L POLLOCK, ROBERTLPOLLOCK=YAHOO.COM, 23.11.2011|
LOOKING FOR DAVID SCALES WE WERE ASSIGNED TO THE 85TH mas AT TRAVIS AFB FROM 65-67. THE c-124 WAS WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE BEST AIRCRAFT EVER DESIGNED ALONG WITH THE c-130 AND THE c-141
|ROGER WILLIAMS, CLAYTONBIGBESYS=YAHOO.COM, 16.11.2011|
THE C124 WERE AT CHARLESTON AFB IN 1966. THE WAS A COMPATION WHICH GROUND CREW WHO HAD THE BEST PAINTED TAIL STAND. I WAS A C141 MECHANIC AT THAT TIME. THERE WAS SEVERAL C-130 AIRCRAFT THERE ALSO .. WE WENT TDY TO MCDILL AFB. AND FLEW ON A C-124
|David Mincer, davnjan=att.net, 29.10.2011|
Thanks Mike. No wonder my dad was so well rested after a flight across the Pacific and back :). Your info is just the sort of thing I've missed hearing about for the last few years since his passing.
|Jack Hoyt, jshoyt=msn.com, 25.10.2011|
I graduated in Class 53A and flew C-124's in the 1st SSS (a SAC squadron) at Biggs AFB, El Paso TX in 1953 and 1954. Any "alumni" of that squadron who read this page, please post a comment.
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