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The Douglas C-133 Cargomaster is an American large turboprop cargo aircraft built between 1956 and 1961 by the Douglas Aircraft Company

Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

The Douglas C-133 Cargomaster is an American large turboprop 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 is designated 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.

Design

The C-133 was designed to meet the requirements for the USAF’s Logistic Carrier Support System SS402L for a new strategic transport.[1] The aircraft differed considerably from the C-74 Globemaster and C-124 Globemaster IIs that had preceded it. A high-mounted wing, external blister fairings on each side for the landing gear, and rear-loading and side-loading doors ensured that access to, and the volume of, the large cargo compartment were not compromised by these structures. The cargo compartment (90 ft/27 m in length and 12 ft/3.7 m high) was pressurized, heated, and ventilated.[2]

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RoleMilitary transport aircraft
National originUnited States
ManufacturerDouglas Aircraft Company
First flight23 April 1956
Retired1971 (USAF)
Primary usersUnited States Air Force
NASA
Produced1956–1961
Number built50

 

Development

The C-133 was for many years the only USAF aircraft capable of hauling very large or very heavy cargo. Despite the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II‘s capabilities, there was much cargo that it could not carry because of its configuration with a cargo deck 13 ft (4 m) off the ground and its lower, though substantial, engine power. The C-133 continued in service after the formation of the USAFs Military Airlift Command on 1 January 1966.

Specifications (C-133)

General characteristics

  • Crew: five (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer, loadmaster)
  • Capacity: 200 pax or 110,000 lb (50,000 kg)
  • Length: 154 ft 3 in (47.01 m)
  • Wingspan: 179 ft 9 in (54.78 m)
  • Height: 48 ft 3 in (14.7 m)
  • Wing area: 2,673 sq ft (248.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 120,263 lb (54,550 kg)
  • Gross weight: 275,000 lb (124,738 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 286,000 lb (129,727 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney T34-P-9W turboprop engines, 7,500 hp (5,600 kW) each with water injection
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Curtiss Electric fully feathering, reversible-pitch propellers.

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 312 kn (359 mph, 578 km/h) at 8,700 ft (2,700 m)
  • Cruise speed: 281 kn (323 mph, 520 km/h)
  • Range: 3,560 nmi (4,100 mi, 6,590 km) with 52,000 lb (24,000 kg) payload
  • Service ceiling: 29,950 ft (9,130 m) service ceiling
  • Rate of climb: 1,280 ft/min (6.5 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 102.9 lb/sq ft (502 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.1087 hp/lb (0.1787 kW/kg)

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