Today In Aviation History – April 23, 1956 – First Flight Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

aviation, aviation history, First Flight

Ken Mist

The Douglas C-133 Cargomaster was a large cargo aircraft built between 1956 and 1961 by the Douglas Aircraft Company for use with the United States Air Force. The C-133 was the USAF’s only production turboprop-powered strategic airlifter, entering service shortly after the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which was known as a tactical airlifter. It provided airlift services in a wide range of applications, being replaced by the C-5 Galaxy in the early 1970s.

File:C-133b-sanfrancsiscobay.jpg

USAF Photo

50 Cargomasters were built and my picture shows the one on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton Ohio.