Conceived as a civil airliner the Douglas DC-4 was commandeered by the U.S.
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.

To accommodate the special needs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt the USAAF
had Douglas Aircraft construct an aircraft that would meet these requirements.
Douglas came up with the VC-54C that was nicknamed the “Sacred Cow”. The
aircraft was equipped with a conference room and bulletproof picture windows. The
most unique feature was an elevator located behind the passenger cabin to lift
President Roosevelt and his wheelchair straight up into the plane. In 1947, on board
this plane President Truman signed the National Security Act that created the USAF.

Specifications for Douglas VC-54C

Nickname – Sacred Cow

Serial number - 42-107451

Crew – (7) + up to 15 passengers

Wing span - 117 ft. 6 in.
Length - 93 ft. 5 in.
Height - 27 ft. 7 in.

Weight - 80,000 lbs. loaded

Engines – (4) Pratt and Whitney R-2000, 1,450 hp each
Maximum speed - 300 mph
Cruising speed - 245 mph
Range - 3,900 miles
Service ceiling - 30,000 ft.

Armament - None
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
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.
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Douglas VC-54C
U.S. Presidential aircraft "Sacred Cow"
This is the aircraft that President Truman was on
when he signed the documents creating the USAF