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Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

United States (1950)
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The Globemaster II was a direct post-war design development of the World War 2-era C-74 Globemaster I.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 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.


Picture of the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft
Picture of the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft


The C-124 saw extensive action in the Korean War and into the Vietnam conflict. the system was quite capable of accomplishing any wartime feat that including the transportation of armor, artillery pieces, construction/engineering equipment, general supplies and ballistic missiles. The C-124 was also versatile enough as a passenger transport or medical patient mover, moving some 200 soldiers or 127 wounded at a time. In the end, the C-124 was an excellent logistical piece for the American military and its many years of service proved just that.

Operating branches of the C-124 system included the United States Air Force (SAC), the Air National Guard and the Military Air Transport Service. USAF C-124's were officially retired in 1974 and, in all, some near-450 examples were produced. Visitors to the United States Air Force Museum are treated to an indoor static display of an open C-124 (s/n 51-0135) to which they can walk up into the cargo hold of the aircraft.




Cockpit picture from the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft
Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Cockpit Picture


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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (323mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
448
448


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 1950
Type: Heavy-Lift Transport Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Douglas Aircraft - USA
Production: 448
Global Operators:
United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
6


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
131.23 ft


Meters
40 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
174.08 ft


Meters
53.06 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
48.23 ft


Meters
14.7 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
101,413 lb


Kilograms
46,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
194,007 lb


Kilograms
88,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major radial engines delivering 3,800hp each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
323 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
520 kph


Knots
281 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
2,175 mi


Kilometers
3,500 km


Nautical Miles
1,890 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
32,808 ft


Meters
10,000 m


Miles
6.21 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• 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.