Douglas C-54E/R5D "Spirit of Freedom"
operated by the "Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation"
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
Government on December 5, 1941 even before production had begun. Now known as
the C-54 it had several modifications made to meet military requirements and first flew in
March 1942. During WWII more than 1,200 C-54s were produced and operated in every
theater of operations. The aircraft was the U.S. military workhorse carrying everything
from Presidents to wounded personnel to coal. With the end of WWII more than 300
surplus C-54s were converted to commercial airline requirements.
The Spirit of Freedom is a preserved Douglas C54E/R5D owned by the Berlin Airlift
Historical Foundation that actually took part in the famed Berlin Airlift. The aircraft has
been painted to represent the 48th Troop Carrier Squadron that was one of many that
took part in the action. The Foundation purchased the Douglas C-54E on Dec. 22, 1992
and began the restoration. As part of the project the interior was made into a flying
museum and memorial dedicated to the Berlin Airlift. The aircraft can be seen at many air
Length – 93.83 ft (28.6 m)
Wing Span – 117.49 ft (35.81 m)
Height – 27.49 ft (8.38 m)
Engines – (4) Pratt & Whitney E-2000-7 Twin Wasp radial / 1,290 hp each
Maximum Speed – 265 mph (426 km/h) (230 kts)
Maximum Range – 3,899 miles (6,275 km)
Ceiling – 21,982 ft (6,700 m)
Empty – 37,000 lb (28,125 kg)
MTOW – 62,000 lb (28,125 kg)
“E” variant – same engines as the “D” variant that had been upgraded with (4) Pratt &
Whitney R-2000-11 1,360 hp each, reconfigured fuel tanks as well as a specially
designed cabin for quick conversion between passenger and cargo roles. 125 “E”
variants were built with 20 going to the USN as R5D-4.
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