Find out, from an insider’s perspective, what it was like on board the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, a heavy-lift cargo aircraft used in the Cold War and Vietnam era. There’s a reason why they nicknamed the C-124 “Old Shaky”!
From Air Force flying in all-weather jet interceptors to worldwide airlift aircraft for the Georgia Air National Guard, the author accumulated 5000+ flying hours. Josh earned three sets of silver wings: Radar Observer, Master Air Navigator and Private Pilot Instrument-Rated. He flew search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol, and retired as a Lt. Colonel after 30 years of service.
“For those who flew as crewmembers on the C-124 (“Old Shaky”) Colonel Batchelder brings back many fond memories.
For those who never flew her, the stories and vignettes herein portray what it was like to be a crew member and fly what for 18 years (1950-1968) until the advent of the C-5, was the world’s largest transport. The C-124 could carry 30,000-40,000 pounds of cargo 2,500 miles non-stop. She had four of the largest piston engines ever built – the Pratt & Whitney R-4360 with 28 cyliners, and 56 sparkplugs per engine. Each engine held 80 gallons (320 Qts.) of oil. Imagine landing in South America and the base having oil only in quart cans and you have fill up all four engines!
The C-124 was the last of an era of aviation before the jet age. Even after retirement from the Active Air Force, she was assigned to various Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard Squadrons and performed critical missions for the USAF for another 7 years through 1975. She was the only aircraft that could carry large, bulk cargo (radar vans, fire trucks, helicopters etc.) until the C-5 was fully up and operational.”
USAF, Retired Pilot