AIRCRAFT SHOWCASE

C-118

Douglas C-118 "Liftmaster"

Placeholder36
Placeholder36
Placeholder36
previous arrowprevious arrow
next arrownext arrow

AIRMAN HERITAGE

TRAINING COMPLEX

FREE Admission & Parking

Douglas C-118 Liftmaster

The USAF acquired a total of 101 DC-6Cs for service with MATS, under the designation C-118A, following development under military contracts of the prototype DC-6. Designated XC-112A, this prototype first flew on February 15, 1946, and was a development of the C-54. A further 65 similar aircraft were purchased by the US Navy and contributed to MATS operations – 61 as R6D-1s and four as R6D-1Zs. These were subsequently redesignated C-118B and VC-118B. The first DC-6 flew on July 29, 1946. The Douglas DC-6 set new standards for speed and comfort. Its four Pratt & Whitney engines drove the plane at over 300 mph. Its longer, pressurized fuselage accommodated 68 passengers in deeply cushioned seats. 167 DC-6A’s were delivered to the U.S. Air Force and Navy as C-118s and R6D Liftmasters. A total of 27,000 lb. of cargo, 74 passengers or 60 stretchers could be transported on the C-118A.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Douglas
Wing Span: 117 ft 6 in
Height: 28 ft 8 in
Length: 105 ft 7 in
Power Plant: Four Pratt & Whitney “Double Wasp” R-2800-CB17 eighteen-cylinder radial air-cooled engines
Empty Weight: 49,767 lb
Gross TO. Weight: 106,000 lb Speed: 360 mph
Click here to return to our Air Park page.