Aviation Photo #0930926 Douglas VC-118B Liftmaster (DC-6A) - USA - Navy

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Loaned to USAF as C-118A 51-17647. Returned to USN. Converted to R6D-1Z and redesignated VC-118B in 1962. Sold on civil market and registered Jan 1990 to American Air Freight Co, Inc as N21780. Registered N1597F at a later time. Destroyed when missed runway on landing at Patriot Hill, Antarctica Nov 26, 1993.
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    Gerhard Plomitzer
    USA - Navy
    Douglas VC-118B Liftmaster (DC-6A)
    Douglas DC-6 (C-118/R6D/Liftmaster)
    Douglas DC-6 (C-118/R6D/Liftmaster)
    Tucson - Davis-Monthan AFB (Municipal)
    April 1989
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12 years ago
I was stationed in VR21 NAS Barbers Point Hawaii and flew First Flight Mechanic/Engineer for 3 years aboard these. When I reported to the squadron all 23 were R6D's and in 1962 they were redesignated C118B's. All of them, regardless whether they were VIP or regular troop transports were HIGHLY polished aluminum below the windows, and waxed on the paint. The wings were gray and the white above on the fuselage. There was a polish crew that kept them shining and the VIP's prop spinners and blades were polished so you could shave in them. We had three VIP aircraft and the rest were utilized as troop transports and cargo. Needless to say when all of our planes came back from overhaul in Dothan, Alabama painted gray we were disappointed because our aircraft always stod out from the rest no matter where we. This is a great shot of one of those that I fondly remember as the most beautiful airplane I'd ever seen. To me these are still the dreams of yesterday and I'd give anything to sit in the cockpit and preflight one again. After approximately 1650 hours I can still remember the entire aircraft inside and out.

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