|Manufacturer||Douglas Aircraft Company|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe C-54 Skymaster transports were developed from the design of the civilian airliner DC-4; the naval version was designated R5D. They began service in 1942 with room for 26 passengers. Later in the war, the capacity was increased to 50 passengers. After the war, they were used as the primary transports of the United States Air Force, participating in early Cold War events such as the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War. 1,170 were manufactured during its career.
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C-54 Skymaster Timeline
|19 Aug 1945||On instructions from Douglas MacArthur, a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Imperial Army Vice Chief of Staff Lt General Torashiro Kawabe traveled from Tokyo, Japan to Ie Jima just off Okinawa where they were transferred from their two specially marked Mitsubishi G4M â€˜Bettyâ€™ bombers to a USAAF C-54 Skymaster for the second leg of their trip to Manila, Philippines where they met with MacArthur.|
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