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Old Shakey walkaround — Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, third of three

16 May 2014

Old Shakey walkaround — Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, third of three

47° 08′ 00″ N / 122° 29′ 00″ W

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II at Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

McChord Air Museum and Heritage Hill Air Park has several aircraft on display including this Douglas C-124 Globemaster II. This aircraft set a standard which is the norm of today’s large cargo aircraft with a box-like fuselage cross-section and on-board loading ramps as well as hoists which could move the length of the cargo deck.

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II’s have long as well as graceful wings which are accentuated with wingtip combustion heaters (used for cabin heat as well as de-icing) — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II’s massive rear section — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II’s nose gear — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II’s right main gear as well as gear bay — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II from a ground crew perspective — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major exhaust stacks — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II — photo by Joseph May

The Douglas C-124 Globemaster II reposes adjacent to a Lockheed C-141 Starlifter at the McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

The post on Monday this week began this three part photo essay with Wednesday seeing the centrally positioned posting 🙂

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Kay permalink
    16 May 2014 05:50

    Any inside shots???????? Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 05:00:16 +0000 To: brkayfl@hotmail.com

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      16 May 2014 07:58

      Hi Bruce,

      Fortunately yes 🙂 Go o this post https://travelforaircraft.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/old-shakey-douglass-c-124-globemaster-ii-write/ and the first photo is of the interior of the C-124 in the National Air Force Museum. You’ll see up the ramp into the fuselage – note the two longitudinal members which can be lowered like cots folded against a wall to form a second deck. The two vertical short ladder-like items are there to keep visitors from walking deeper into the fuselage so they aren’t OEM. That post also has photos the USAF provided of the cockpit.

      Joe

  2. 16 May 2014 11:33

    http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2014/May/14/A-rare-bird-The-Hot-Stuff-PV2-Harpoon.aspx?WT.mc_sect=flyin&WT.mc_id=140516epilot

    Hi, Joe…

    This is the Harpoon I had told you about a long, long time ago! It actually was featured on the AOPA webpage today. My contribution (in addition to many hours of helping with the maintenance when needed and privilege of flying to a lot of air shows N-S-E-W around this country for many summers) was the nose art I created and hand painted for it!

    The last time I checked stats, it is still an obvious rarity!…there were, last time I checked, only three still flyable.

    The history I learned while meeting and speaking with so many who flew and maintained the aircraft during the war..and the history of the plane alone is incredible….with the added plus of making some terrific, hard working friends in the group…and around the country.

    Hope someday you’ll be able to see it, maybe?
    best,
    david

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      16 May 2014 22:49

      Sounds great to me 🙂 I’ll be in touch!

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