The Douglas C-133 Cargomaster was developed by Douglas Aircraft in 1956 and produced from 1956 to 1961. 50 were built, of which just 7 survive. All but 1 of the 7 survivors are visible in Google Earth.
The shoulder mounted wings and pod mounted main landing gear gave the C-133 a big advantage over its predecessor, the C-124. The C-133B was further modified to allow the carrying of ballistic missiles and parts for the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo space programs. The Cargomaster was eventually replaced by the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and most of the remaining aircraft were broken up in 1971.
To my knowledge, these are the only 7 aircraft surviving. The aircraft pictured above (59-0529) was on display at the New England Air Museum, but was badly damaged by a tornado in 1979.
As with the C-124, many of these were previously place marked in the GEC layer, but no collection existed until now.
If anyone else knows of any cockpits, forward fuselages or entire aircraft that have survived, then please post a reply.
Lol. That's what you said about the C-124. I agree that neither of them would ever win a beauty contest, but I think this one stretched the limits of function before form. Plus, I don't think I have ever seen another heavy lifter with the wings set as far back as this one. it just looks odd.
Interesting that both of the stock photos (C-124 and C-133) I got from the Air Force show the aircraft in flight over San Francisco bay. Must be a popular spot for a photo shoot.
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