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Douglas C-133 Cargomaster
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.

Douglas C-133A-DL Cargomaster/54-135
  • Construction #: 44705
  • First flight, April 23, 1956.
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU004, March 8, 1971.
  • Scrapped, 1971.

Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-136
  • Construction #: 44706
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Loaned to Douglas Aircraft Company, June 1956-August 1961.
  • Transferred to NASA as 928, October 1962-August 19, 1969.
    • Modified for Apollo command module test drops.
    • 46 drops made.
  • Repaired at TEMCO, Dallas, TX, August-October 1966.
  • Transferred to 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, CA.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU030, July 21, 1971.
  • Struck off charge, September 7, 1971.
  • Private Owner.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE
Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-136
54-136 on display at Edwards AFB US Armed Forces Day Open House, 1959.
[Source: Richard Lockett Photo]

Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-137
  • Construction #: 44707
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred t to MASDC as CU002, January 7, 1971.
  • Transferred to US Navy as 9C001, May 1, 1974.
  • Private Owner.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE
Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-137
54-137 at MASDC, 1972.
[Source: Brian Lockett Photo]

Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-138
  • Construction #: 44708
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU009, March 19, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.
Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-138
Douglas C-133A-1-DL Cargomaster/54-0138 in flight.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133A-5-DL Cargomaster/54-139
  • Construction #: 44709
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU005, March 10, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.
Douglas C-133A-5-DL Cargomaster/54-139
Douglas C-133A-5-DL Cargomaster/54-0139 in flight.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133A-5-DL Cargomaster/54-140
  • Construction #: 44710
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Assigned to the 1st ATS/1607th ATW.
  • Crashed during takeoff about 3 mi from end of runway, Wake Island, January 11, 1965.
    • All six onboard killed.

Douglas C-133A-5-DL Cargomaster/54-141
  • Construction #: 44711
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU018, April 14, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-5-DL Cargomaster/54-142
  • Construction #: 44712
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU017, April 12, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-10-DL Cargomaster/54-143
  • Construction #: 44713
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU020, April 21, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-10-DL Cargomaster/54-144
  • Construction #: 44714
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU016, April 9, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-10-DL Cargomaster/54-145
  • Construction #: 44715
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU006, March 12, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-10-DL Cargomaster/54-146
  • Construction #: 44716
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Crashed 26 miles south of Dover AFB, DE, April 13, 1958.
    • 4 killed.

Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-1998
  • Construction #: 45163
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Converted to JC-133A.
  • Loaned to FAA Tech Ctr, Atlantic City, NJ for fire research.
  • Scrapped in 1992.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-1999
  • Construction #: 45164
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU013, April 5, 1971.
  • Private Owner.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2000
  • Construction #: 45165
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Converted to JC-133A.
  • Transferred To MASDC as CU032, July 26, 1971.
  • Private Owner.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE
Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2000
Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2000.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2001
  • Construction #: 45166
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU015, April 7, 1971.
  • Private Owner.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE
Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2001
Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2001.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133A-15-DL Cargomaster/56-2002
  • Construction #: 45167
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Disappeared 28 minutes after takeoff near Shad Intersection (near Dover, DE over Atlantic Ocean), September 22, 1963.
    • 10 crew lost.

Douglas C-133A-20-DL Cargomaster/56-2003
  • Construction #: 45168
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU028, July 14, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-20-DL Cargomaster/56-2004
  • Construction #: 45169
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU031, July 23, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-20-DL Cargomaster/56-2005
  • Construction #: 45170
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Severely damaged after catching fir while refueling on ground, Dover AFB, MD, July 13, 1963
  • Written off and scrapped.

Douglas C-133A-20-DL Cargomaster/56-2006
  • Construction #: 45171
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU008, March 17, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-20-DL Cargomaster/56-2007
  • Construction #: 45172
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU019, April 16, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-25-DL Cargomaster/56-2008
  • Construction #: 45245
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Brought on Charge: November 1, 1958.
  • Assigned to the 1607th ATW (Heavy), MATS, Dover AFB, DE.
  • Set world record for propeller-driven aircraft by lifting a cargo payload of 117,900 lbs to 10,000 ft., December 16, 1958.
  • Under a unit reorganization which included the 1607th ATW, this plane‚Äôs new unit became the 436th Military Airlift Wing of the Military Airlift Command at Dover AFB, DE, January 8, 1966.
  • Final flight, landing at the Air Force Museum, March 17, 1971.
  • Transferred to National Museum of the USAF, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

Douglas C-133A-25-DL Cargomaster/56-2009
  • Construction #: 45246
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Brought on charge: November 8, 1958.
  • Assigned to 1607th ATW (Heavy), MATS, Dover AFB, DE.
  • Transferred to Chanute Technical Training Center, Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL, April 17, 1971.
  • Transferred to USAF Museum custody, June 1977.
  • Remained on display at Chanute AFB, 1993.
  • Loaned to Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul, IL.
  • Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul, IL, September 2003.
  • When this museum closed, put up for sale at auction by Government Liquidation at Rantoul, IL, September 25, 2017.
  • Scrapped in 2017.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

Douglas C-133A-25-DL Cargomaster/56-2010
  • Construction #: 45247
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU012, April 2, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-25-DL Cargomaster/56-2011
  • Construction #: 45248
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Loaned to FAA Tech Ctr, Atlantic City, NJ for fire research.

Douglas C-133A-30-DL Cargomaster/56-2012
  • Construction #: 45249
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU003, February 5, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-30-DL Cargomaster/56-2013
  • Construction #: 45249
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU014, April 5, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-30-DL Cargomaster/56-2014
  • Construction #: 45249
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Brought on charge: May 7, 1959.
  • Assigned to the 1501st Air Transport Wing at Travis Air Force Base, CA.
  • Transferred to the 1607th ATW at Dover AFB, DE, May 1960.
  • Crashed on takeoff at Goose Bay, Labrador, November 7, 1964.
    • 7 crew killed.
Douglas C-133A-30-DL Cargomaster/56-2014
Douglas C-133A-20-DL Cargomaster/56-2014 in flight.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133A-35-DL Cargomaster/57-1610
  • Construction #: 45507
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU001, June 11, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-35-DL Cargomaster/57-1611
  • Construction #: 45508
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Crashed near Shad Intersection (in Atlantic off Dover, Delaware) 32 min after takeoff from Dover AFB, DE May 27, 1962.
    • 6 crew killed.

Douglas C-133A-35-DL Cargomaster/57-1612
  • Construction #: 45509
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU007, March 15, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-35-DL Cargomaster/57-1613
  • Construction #: 45510
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Built with engines and clamshll doors of B model.
  • Redesignated as C-133B, March 14, 1961.
  • Transported Apollo 9 command module after splashdown from Norfolk to Long Beach, CA, March 19, 1969.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU011, March 24, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133A-35-DL Cargomaster/57-1614
  • Construction #: 45511
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Built with engines and clamshll doors of B model.
  • Redesignated as C-133B, October 28, 1960.
  • Crashed into ocean off Japan, 33 min after takeoff from Tachikawa AB, Japan, June 10, 1961.
    • 8 crew killed.

Douglas C-133A-35-DL Cargomaster/57-1615
  • Construction #: 45512
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Built with engines and clamshll doors of B model.
  • Redesignated as C-133B, October 31, 1960.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU027, July 12, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0522
  • Construction #: 45573
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU021, June 1, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0523
  • Construction #: 45574
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Crashed while on approach to Travis AFB, CA, April 10, 1963.
    • 9 killed.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0524
  • Construction #: 45575
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU022, June 16, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0525
  • Construction #: 45576
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU025, July 7, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0526
  • Construction #: 45577
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transported Apollo 11 command module after splashdown from Hickam AFB to Ellington AFB, July 1969.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU024, July 2, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0527
  • Construction #: 45578
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU023, June 30, 1971.
  • Loaned to Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 1971.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0528
  • Construction #: 45579
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU029, July 16, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0529
  • Construction #: N45580
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Loaned to New England Air Museum, Bradley, CT.
  • Destroyed by a tornado, October 3, 1979.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE
Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0529
Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0529 of the 1501st ATW over San Francisco Bay in 1960.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0530
  • Construction #: 45581
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Assigned to 1501 ATW.
  • Disintegrated in midair over Palisade, NE, February 6, 1970.
    • Cause was due to a fatigue crack. 5 killed.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0531
  • Construction #: 45582
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transported Apollo 8 command module after splashdown from Hickam AFB to Long Beach, CA December 1968.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0532
  • Construction #: 45583
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transported Apollo 7 command module after splashdown from Norfolk to Long Beach, CA, October 25 1968.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU027, July 16, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0533
  • Construction #: 45584
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Assigned to the 60th Military Airlift Wing.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU033, August 2, 1971.
  • Private Owner.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE
Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0533
Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0533 of the 60th Military Airlift Wing, in 1967.
[Source: USAF Photo]

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0534
  • Construction #: 45585
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Assigned to 1501st ATW
  • Ditched after takeoff, 34 mi from Kadena AB, Okinawa, April 30, 1967.
  • Cause was due to engine failure.
  • Crew of 9 survived, but one was seriously injured.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0535
  • Construction #: 45586
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Transported Apollo 10 command module after splashdown from Hickam AFB to Long Beach, CA December 1968.
  • Transferred to MASDC as CU010, March 22, 1971.
  • Scrapped by end of 1974.

Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster/59-0536
  • Construction #: 45587
  • Delivered to United States Air Force
  • Brought on charge: March 22, 1961
  • Assigned to 1501st ATW (MATS), Travis AFB, CA, April 1961.
  • Unit became 60th Military Airlift Wing, January 1966.
  • Transferred to 3902nd Air Base Wing (SAC), Offutt AFB, NE, June 1971
  • Dropped from inventory by transfer to school or museum, December 1971
  • Transferred to Strategic Air Command Museum, Omaha, NB.
  • Transferred to Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover AFB, DE, 2000.
  • WARBIRD REGISTRY PROFILE

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