C-118 "Liftmaster" - Lackland AFB - San Antonio, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 29° 23.475 W 098° 37.080
14R E 537065 N 3251394
Quick Description: Cargo, aeromedical and VIP transport aircraft, displayed adjacent to the parade field at Lackland Air Force Base.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/17/2008 6:41:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM3D5B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
Views: 67

Long Description:


The C-118, a version of the DC-6 which was developed from a C-54, first flew 15 February 1946.  Between 1951 and 1955, 101 aircraft were purchased by the USAF for MATS (Military Air Transportation Service).  The C-118A carried 74 passengers, when used for aeromedical evacuations, the aircraft carried 60 litter patients or 61 ambulatory patients.  In 1947, a DC-6 was selected for Presidential use.  Known as the VC-118A "Independence," it was in service until 1975.

This C-118A was acquired from the USAF Security Service, Kelly AFB, Texas.  It was one of the last propeller-driven command aircraft to be retired in 1975.

Manufacturer:  Douglas Quantity Produced:  101
Wing Span:  117' 6" Speed:  360 mph
Length:  106' 10" Range:  3,860 miles
Height:  28'  8" Altitude:  18,000
Empty Weight:  49,767 lbs Power Plant:  Pratt & Whitney R-2800, 2500 hp
Gross Weight:  106,000 lbs  

Information from sign in front of aircraft.

Type of Aircraft: (make/model): C-118 "Liftmaster"

Tail Number: (S/N): 17640

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Lackland AFB

inside / outside: outside

Other Information:: Not listed

Access restrictions: Not listed

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