Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
United States (1942)
The C-54 Skymaster was a pivotal American aircraft serving actively throughout the Berlin Airlift.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4) Four-Engine Military Transport Aircraft. Entry last updated on 2/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Design of the DC-4 type consisted primarily of a sleek fuselage and began as early as 1935, though production elements were not delivered till 1942. Even then, the early models destined for civilian transport use were rerouted and enlisted for military service. Four Pratt & Whitney brand radials were mounted on the low monoplane wing assembly. A single ventral vertical surface was set on the tail section in place of the twin fins found on the early DC-4E models. Crew accommodations amounted to 4, with seating for up to 86 civilian passengers and an additional four in-flight service crew.
The system saw extensive service for both US branches and appeared in a variety of forms, differing in powerplant usage and number of passenger seats. Some dedicated troop and cargo transports existed with US President Roosevelt's own VIP version known as the "Sacred Cow" - utilized as a personal transport throughout the war. Post war service amounted to high utilization during the Berlin Airlift as well as serving in further models as a civil passenger airliner in later years.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (275mph).
Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
Graph showcases the Douglas C-54A (R5D-1) Skymaster's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.