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C-74 Globemaster I

Douglas C-74 Globemaster I

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The Douglas C-74 Globemaster was a United States heavy-lift cargo aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California.

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C-74A Globemaster I

The Douglas C-74 Globemaster was a United States heavy-lift cargo aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. The aircraft was developed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The long distances across the Atlantic and, especially, Pacific oceans to combat areas indicated a need for a transoceanic heavy-lift military transport aircraft. Douglas Aircraft Company responded in 1942 with a giant four-engined design. Development and production modifications issues with the aircraft caused the first flight to be delayed until 5 September 1945, and production was limited to 14 aircraft when the production contract was canceled following V-J Day

Design C-74A

The Douglas Aircraft Company began studies at their Santa Monica division in early 1942 for a transport capable of fulfilling the global logistical needs of the U.S. military. Its “C-74 Project Group” used their company’s DC-4 as a basis and concentrated on enlarging its capabilities. The group’s design philosophy was to build a “no-frills” aircraft able to accommodate much of the Army’s large equipment including light tanks, two 105-millimeter (4.1 in) howitzers with their towing vehicles, two angle bulldozers, and smaller utility vehicles. This became the Douglas Model 415 and a cost-plus contract worth more than $50 million was signed 25 June 1942 for 50 aircraft and one static test article. There were no XC- or YC-74 models produced



RoleStrategic airlifter
ManufacturerDouglas Aircraft Company
First flight5 September 1945
Retired1969 (last operational flight)
StatusRetired – 1959 (military), 1969 (civilian)
Primary usersUnited States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Number built14 (one converted to C-124 prototype)
Developed intoDouglas C-124 Globemaster II


C-74 production

Serial #ProducedRetired
42-65402October 1945October 1954
42-65404July 1946May 1954
42-65406September 1946September 1954
42-65407February 1946July 1954
42-65408September 1946October 1954
42-65409January 1947October 1954
42-65410March 1946March 1954
42-65411December 1946September 1953
42-65412February 1947October 1954
42-65413February 1947February 1954
42-65414March 1947February 1954
42-65415April 1947January 1954


The following USAAF/USAF units flew the C-74 Globemaster:[8][14]

 United States

Specifications (Douglas C-74)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 13
  • Capacity: 125 troops, 115 stretchers with medical staff, or up to 48,150 lb (21,840 kg) of cargo
  • Length: 124 ft 1.5 in (37.833 m)
  • Wingspan: 173 ft 3 in (52.81 m)
  • Height: 43 ft 9 in (13.34 m)
  • Empty weight: 86,172 lb (39,087 kg)
  • Gross weight: 154,128 lb (69,911 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 172,000 lb (78,018 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 11,000 US gal (9,200 imp gal; 42,000 l) in six centre-section integral tanks
  • Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360-69 Wasp Major /-29s /-49s 28-cylinder air-cooled 4-row radial piston engines, 3,250 hp (2,420 kW) each
  • Propellers: 4-bladed Hamilton-Standard or Curtiss-Electric fully-feathering, reversible constant-speed propellers

Douglas C-74 Globemaster I



  • Maximum speed: 328 mph (528 km/h, 285 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
  • Cruise speed: 212 mph (341 km/h, 184 kn)
  • Range: 3,400 mi (5,500 km, 3,000 nmi)
  • Ferry range: 7,250 mi (11,670 km, 6,300 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 21,300 ft (6,500 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,605 ft/min (13.23 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 61.4 lb/sq ft (300 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.084 hp/lb (0.138 kW/kg)


See also

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