Douglas C-133B Cargomaster

A picture of the Douglas C-133B Cargomaster

The C-133 was the first U.S. Air Force transport to use turbo-prop engines.  The Cargomaster was designed to carry complete intercontinental ballistic missiles in addition to other large cargos.  Later C-133Bs were built with clam-shell rear loading doors that allowed the Titan missile to be carried in one piece rather than disassembled and more powerful engines that allowed a higher gross weight.  The Cargomasters only served from 1957 to the early 1970s due in part to serious problems with metal fatigue in their long thin fuselages.  A total of fifty C-133s were built.

Wingspan

179 ft 8 in.

Length

157 ft 6 in.

Height

48 ft 3 in.

Weight

286,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

331 MPH

Service Ceiling

19,400 ft

Range

3,975 miles

Engines

Four Pratt & Whitney T34-P-9W turboprops with 7,500 horsepower each

Crew

10 with 200 passengers or one Titan ICBM

Manufacturer
Douglas

Markings
60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, California, 1970

Serial Number
59-0527

Designation
C-133B

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