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

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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.


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.