Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 27, 2021 21:30:26 GMT 12
Here's an article on the first Douglas C-54 Skymaster to visit New Zealand, from the WAIKATO TIMES, 7 September 1943.
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In the course of a routine delivery flight with military cargo, the largest landplane to come to New Zealand, a Douglas C 54 operated by the United States Army Air Transport Command, arrived at an Auckland Royal New Zealand Air Force station yesterday.
The C 54, which is known as the Skymaster, has been developed from a commercial airliner, the D.C.4. The original machine had a span of 138 ft., a loaded weight of 65,000lb, and was powered with four Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines developing a total of 5600 horse-power for the take-off. Air line operators considered the type not entirely suitable and a smaller version was produced with a span of 117 ft. The loaded weight was 47,000lb or 48,000, according to the type of engine.
No information regarding the dimensions of the C 54 has been released for publication, but it resembles the smaller rather than the larger machine in outline. Performance figures are likewise secret, but the larger commercial machine had a speed of 226 miles an hour at 12,000 ft. and the smaller type was claimed to do 259 miles an hour. The load has been announced as seven tons over 1000-mile ranges or one and a-half tons with a 3000-mile range.
Just looked at the caption for the original photograph which started this thread (and which I had never read before). Some genius at the time (nothing to do with members of THIS board I hasten to add) had stated with a straight face that the abbreviation "ATC" connected with this aircraft meant "Air Traffic Control"! The correct interpretation of course appears much later in the thread - hopefully most board members already knew that already.