Dover's first strategic airlifter is represented by the single remaining C-54M, which was specially modified during the Berlin Airlift for hauling coal. The Skymaster's restoration was also quite extensive, and took several years. The inside shows examples of its World War II cargo and passenger configurations—and if parts become available will display how medical litters were carried in its Korean War role as a Medivac aircraft. During the restoration process, we were fortunate to find a photograph of this aircraft showing its military serial #44-9030 and the markings it carried in the Pacific Theater in World War II. They were still in place during her service in the Berlin Airlift and we have restored the aircraft in these markings.
The C-54 on display at the museum is the last surviving "M" model in existence. There were only 38 of this model manufactured.
The Douglas C-54 Skymaster was a four-engined transport aircraft used by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II.
By kjfitz @ 2009-11-23 12:45:37