I’m really not that familiar with the Cargomaster but have seen a few in museums. I also didn’t know that in 2008 one had flown:
Filed under Airplanes, Flying, History, Plane Pr0n, USAF
Before meeting this group I thought I had a lot of aviation knowledge but have since been humbled
Among you guys at the Lexicans are a retired Air Force Test Pilot, Navy flight instructor….Just the ones I know about…
I did read a couple of interesting articles on the CargoMaster – particularly its tendency to spin.
Imagine spinning in this thing – a lot of accidents.
If I remember the story in my Edwards book right the Air Force grounded them and an Edwards test pilot came out to an East Coast base and deliberately tried to induce it’s ugh, bad habit?
I think they put a stall strip on one of the wings; can’t remember which one.
Here’s another good article on them –
Oh, asnd I think the plane themav14D showed was privately owned – still in faded Air Force markings up in Alaska – flown down to the Travis AFB museum
The bit about spins was true one of the old Airtanker pilots I knew was
an Flight Engineer on them one other little problem was the Engines
were a bit touchy as far at ITT temps went and you did not want to get a Hot Start more than once as i recall…
As most point out, the 133 was developed, originally, for the specific purpose of transporting ICBM’s around the country. Thus they didn’t need a whole lot of them. That mission went away with the advent of solid-fueled ICBM’s. With the advent of the C-141, with a lot better reliability, they were quickly relegated to the boneyard. They had engine issues, a propensity to explode due to electrical issues with their HF long-wire antenna system grounding and other things. It was not Douglas’ finest hour when it came to design. Yet, when flown frequently, as it was for many years in Alaska, it was a hard-working son-of-a-gun.
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