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  • Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft

    The Globemaster II was a direct post-war design development of the World War 2-era C-74 Globemaster I.

     Updated: 6/18/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    With the close of World War 2 and the accompanying Berlin Airlift, the United States military saw a need to replace its aged C-74 "Globemaster I" systems with a newer and more capable platform. The C-124 was put forth as a product of the Douglas Aviation Company and accepted as the "Globemaster II". From 1950 to 1974, the C-124 served a pivotal role through two major conflicts in Korea and Vietnam and several smaller engagements along the way. As a cargo hauler, it was the best available at what it was asked to do. And what it was asked it do, the Globemaster II did extremely well.

    Visually the C-124 was characterized by its enlarged frontal fuselage and low-mounted wings, each fitted with two engines. Cargo access was accomplished through a front twin door opening (sometimes called a clamshell) just underneath the flight deck. The forward cargo bay opening was also featured with a powered lift while an additional cargo entry/exit position was made available on the aft underside. A single vertical tail surface was mounted atop the empennage. Crew accommodations amounted to six personnel. Power was supplied from no fewer than 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360 piston engines of the "Wasp Major" type - powerful engines generating some 3,800 horsepower apiece.

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    Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1950
    Type: Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Douglas Aircraft - USA
    Production Total: 448

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 6
    Length: 131.23 feet (40 meters)
    Width: 174.08 feet (53.06 meters)
    Height: 48.23 feet (14.70 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 101,413 lb (46,000 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 194,007 lb (88,000 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major radial engines delivering 3,800hp each.

    Maximum Speed: 323 mph (520 kph; 281 knots)
    Maximum Range: 2,175 miles (3,500 km)
    Service Ceiling: 32,808 feet (10,000 meters; 6.21 miles)

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    Global Operators / Customers

    United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    C-74 - Globemaster I model series on which the C-124 was based on.

    C-124 - Base Series Designation based on the C-74 Globemaster I design of World War 2.

    C-124A - Second Production Variant

    C-124C - Third production Variant; improved engines; radar fitted into new nose protuberance; specialized de-icing features implemented.