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C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:42 pm
by D.R.H.
Just another quick video of one of my favorites, and probably yours too. :) Right Ben?? :wink: I wish I had been born about 15 years earlier, I would have really enjoyed seeing these planes in the air. That Pratt and Whitney R-2000 sure makes some beautiful music!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcuLdVivLnY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tSsJ9Owvq8

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:03 pm
by Ben Dover
How can anything so beautiful be so old? I have had few pleasant flights in 30 year old USAF C-54's.
Was the O.D. C-54 called "Santa Monica Maid" at one time?

The USAF installed those R-2000's in a few C-47's, they still sound the same as the R-1830s.
Arthur Godfrey had a DC-3 with the R-2000's.

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:24 pm
by D.R.H.
Gosh Ben, I don't know about that name. I just stumbled on the video on the web and decided it would be fun to share it.

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:06 am
by Ben Dover
The owners of thee C-54 "Santa Monica Maid" offered it at a bargain price in "Trade A Plane" about 20 years ago. Can't think of another reason for anyone to paint another O.D. Miss the good old days when large recips were everyday life at nearby military bases. I remember some postsa while back of a member that flew in EC-47's in Viet Nam. Some of those were upgraded from R-1830 to the R-2000 from the C-54.
Wreckless, maybe?

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:05 am
by 1943Willysgpw
Thank you for sharing this. I love the sound these make when they fire up and idle. Cool.

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:21 pm
by clintm20
There is a missing c-54 that has never been found with 44 people on board, C-54D 42-72469 on a flight from Anchorage to Missoula on Jan 26, 1950.

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:54 am
by 1943Willysgpw
The chances of it not being toothpicks in that rough area are very slim.

Re: C-54 Skymaster.

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:56 pm
by clintm20
Probably but some distress signals were heard so maybe not.

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