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C-54 Skymaster

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerDouglas Aircraft Company
Primary RoleTransport

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ww2dbaseThe C-54 Skymaster transports were developed from the design of the civilian airliner DC-4; the naval version was designated R5D. They began service in 1942 with room for 26 passengers. Later in the war, the capacity was increased to 50 passengers. After the war, they were used as the primary transports of the United States Air Force, participating in early Cold War events such as the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War. 1,170 were manufactured during its career.

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Last Major Revision: Aug 2006

C-54 Skymaster Timeline

19 Aug 1945 On instructions from Douglas MacArthur, a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Imperial Army Vice Chief of Staff Lt General Torashiro Kawabe traveled from Tokyo, Japan to Ie Jima just off Okinawa where they were transferred from their two specially marked Mitsubishi G4M ‘Betty’ bombers to a USAAF C-54 Skymaster for the second leg of their trip to Manila, Philippines where they met with MacArthur.

Photographs

Aerial view of the tower, hangars, and pad at Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, 1943. Aircraft seen include C-46, C-47, C-54, B-17, B-25, B-18, B-34, A-20, and perhaps others.C-54 Skymaster aircraft in flight in the United States, circa 1943US Major General Edmund Hill, an unidentified British RAF Group Captain, and US ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman at Poltava Air Base, Ukraine, Feb 1945 as Harriman was traveling to the Yalta Conference.A group of US Navy flight nurses walking away from a Douglas R5D Skymaster aircraft, Guam, Marianas, Apr 1945
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Aerial view of the tower, hangars, and pad at Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, 1943. Aircraft seen include C-46, C-47, C-54, B-17, B-25, B-18, B-34, A-20, and perhaps others.
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