• aviationmegastore.com
  • aviationoutletstore.com
  • aviationshopsupplies.com
  • aviationmegatrade.com
  • 737-simulator.com

Public holidays

Amended or confirmed opening hours of the Luchtvaart Hobby Shop in Aalsmeerderbrug on the following dates:
Sa05-12Open 10-17 hrs
Th24-12Open 10-16 hrs
Th31-12Open 10-16 hrs
Aviation Megastore website is available without limitations. Orders are processed during shop operating hours.

Frequent buyers programme

Collect Megapoints for Megavouchers
Read the conditions...

Hold & Store service ©

Aviation Megastore offers unique Hold & Store service © for internet customers that wish to combine several individual orders to one single shipment, reducing the overall shipping cost significantly.

Douglas C74 Globemaster (Ginter 9781734972788)

Douglas C74 Globemaster  9781734972788
Douglas C74 Globemaster (Ginter 9781734972788)
€ 25.64
EU: incl. tax € 27.95
Category:Books on aviation
Subcategory:WW2 US Aircraft
Author:Nicholas M. Williams
No. Pages:124
Version:Soft cover
Availability:only 3 remaining

Add this product to my wishlist

This product was added to our database on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Share this product

Also in this series:
product Publisher/Brand Series/scale Price €
Bell P59 AiracometBell P59 AiracometGinterAir Force Legend Nr 208€ 21.50
€ 15.55EU: incl. tax € 16.95
Save 21.2%
Consolidated Vultee XB-46Consolidated Vultee XB-46GinterAir Force Legend Nr 221€ 18.30EU: incl. tax € 19.95
Douglas C124 Globemaster IIDouglas C124 Globemaster IIGinterAir Force Legend Nr 206€ 31.15EU: incl. tax € 33.95
Lockheed F94 StarfireLockheed F94 StarfireGinterAir Force Legend Nr 218€ 32.06EU: incl. tax € 34.95
North American F86H Sabre HogNorth American F86H Sabre HogGinterAir Force Legend Nr 212€ 27.48EU: incl. tax € 29.95
Republic XF84H ThunderscreechRepublic XF84H ThunderscreechGinterAir Force Legend Nr 219€ 11.88EU: incl. tax € 12.95
Republic XF91 Thunderceptor Rocket FighterRepublic XF91 Thunderceptor Rocket FighterGinterAir Force Legend Nr 210€ 12.80EU: incl. tax € 13.95
The Martin XB51 PantherThe Martin XB51 PantherGinterAir Force Legend Nr 201€ 11.88EU: incl. tax € 12.95
United States Air Force in VietnamUnited States Air Force in VietnamGinterAir Force Legend Nr 216€ 32.06EU: incl. tax € 34.95
Vought / Hiller / Ryan XC142A tiltwing VSTOL TransportVought / Hiller / Ryan XC142A tiltwing VSTOL TransportGinterAir Force Legend Nr 213€ 24.72EU: incl. tax € 26.95
Product description

Category Books on aviation, Subcategory WW2 US Aircraft, ISBN/Box 9781734972788, Publisher/Brand Ginter, Author Nicholas M. Williams, Format a4, No. Pages 124, Version Soft cover, Language English

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 brought U.S. Army Air Corps strategists to the realization that a new global transport was needed to carry large loads over great distances. The Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California, also quickly saw this need and design studies were begun immediately on an expanded version of the company's DC-4. The "C-74 Project Group" adopted a design philosophy to produce a "no frills" transport able to accommodate at least two of the Army's T-9 tanks, two 105mm Howitzers, or two angle dozers. Douglas contacted the Air Corps early in 1942 to determine their interest and a letter of intent was issued in March 1942 for procurement of the Model 415A, now designated the C-74. A contract of over $50 million was signed in June 1942 for fifty airplanes. To speed its delivery to operational units, the C-74 was designed to be released without the benefits of an experimental or prototype model, all aircraft being designated as C-74s with design features following conventional "state-of-the-art" practice. Originally, powered by Wright R-3350 engines, a decision was made in March 1943 to switch to the new, mammoth Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major.

The first C-74 was rolled out in July 1945 from the Douglas Long Beach factory. At rollout, the C-74 was the largest land-based transport in the world with a wingspan of 173 feet, length of 124 feet, and gross weight of 145,000 pounds. Able to carry 125 passengers, the C-74 was called the Globemaster as its 11,100-gallons of internal fuel gave it a maximum range of over 7,000 miles, enabling it to circumnavigate the world with only two refueling stops. In its final form, the C-74 was a remarkably efficient airplane, using a semi-laminar flow airfoil for its wings with a full-span flap arrangement. The pilots were enclosed by two teardrop-shaped, double-bubble canopies that provided them with a 360-degree view. Douglas had every intention of adapting the C-74 into a civil airliner once hostilities had ended. In 1944 Pan American World Airways ordered 26 examples of the civil version, the DC-7, for a route expansion program into Latin America. However, further development of this DC-7 design increased its gross weight to 162,000 pounds and the unit cost to $1.4 million and Pan American cancelled its order in October 1945, opting for smaller transports.

The first C-74, 42-65402, made its maiden flight from Long Beach in September 1945, but with the end of World War II, most of the C-74 production order was cancelled and only 14 Globemasters were built. Unfortunately, during contractor demonstration flights the second Globemaster crashed. The fourth C-74 was subsequently diverted for static tests and its components tested to destruction at Wright Field, Ohio. Beginning in September 1946, the remaining twelve C-74s were flown for the next nine years by the Army Air Forces' Air Transport Command and the U.S. Air Force's Military Air Transport Service. Once in service, the C-74 Globemaster, based first in Memphis, Tennessee, then Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, Florida, finally at Brookley AFB, Mobile, Alabama, set many records for tonnage carried. In November 1949, a C-74 flew the Atlantic to England with a record 103 passengers aboard. One Globemaster set several records during the Berlin Airlift, averaging over 38,000 pounds of cargo and setting a new Airlift Task Force utilization record by flying 20 hours in a 24-hour period. Until one C-74 was converted to the prototype C-124A and the Globemaster II became available, the C-74 was the only Air Force transport capable of carrying outsized cargo.

After the C-74's retirement from service in 1955, several were purchased surplus and began flying for a contract air carrier, Aeronaves de Panama, hauling prize cattle from Denmark to the Middle East, horses to Singapore, and ships' parts and vegetables throughout Europe. Unfortunately, after the tragic crash in 1963 of one C-74 in Marseilles, France, the airline suspended operations and its C-74s eventually were scrapped. Today, no examples of this record-setting transport exist.

This monograph of the C-74 Globemaster is written by Nick Williams, an award-winning author of over two dozen articles published in the Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society and publications in the U.K. Nick has written two previous books in Steve Ginter's Naval Fighters series as well as his 1999 book published in the U.K., "Aircraft of The Military Air Transport Service 1948-1966". His new book on the C-74 is the result of nearly fifty years of research, containing comments from several of the C-74's engineers as well as former Douglas and Air Force pilots.

Shopping cart

Your shopping cart is empty.

Shop near Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. LOOK INSIDE !

When in the Netherlands,
visit our shop near
Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport.

Click on the image below for
extended tour.


Fly in the B737NG Simulator