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Flying Tiger Line Douglas C-54A Skymaster "N90433," 1955 

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Flying Tiger Line Douglas C-54A Skymaster "N90433," 1955

Historical Note:



The Douglas C-54 Skymaster was a four-engined transport aircraft used by the United States Army Air Forces inWorld War II and the Korean War. Like the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the C-54 Skymaster was derived from a civilian airliner (the Douglas DC-4).

Besides transport of cargo, the C-54 also carried presidents, prime ministers and military staff. Dozens of variants of the C-54 were employed in a wide variety of non-combat roles such as air-sea rescue, scientific and military research and missile tracking and recovery. During the Berlin Airlift it hauled coal and food supplies to West Berlin.

After the Korean War it continued to be used for military and civilian uses by more than 30 countries. This was one of the first aircraft to carry the President of the United States and to assume the call sign Air Force One.

Info: C-54A Skymaster "N90433," Flying Tiger Line, 1955

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