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Douglas R5D-3 Skymaster
US Navy "Blue Angels support"
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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.
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.
Known as the Douglas R5D by the USN or the C-54 by the USAF; both are military the
necessary conversion of the DC-4 to the R5D and C-54. The first flight of these aircraft
took place on February 14, 1942. The last Navy Skymaster, an R5D-3 operated by the
Navy Test Pilot School, was retired in 1974.


As the Blue Angels gained in popularity the number of shows increased and so did the
flight crews and aircraft. This meant an increase in the number of mechanics and spare
parts needed for all aircraft involved. They first acquired a Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Skytrain and a C-46 Curtiss Commando. In 1956 the team started using variants of the
R5D Skymaster until 1968 when it was replaced by the C-121J Constellation. The first
support aircraft to wear the blue and yellow paint scheme was R5D-3 BuNo 50868 and it
did so until May 9, 1963.



Manufacturer - Douglas Aircraft Company

Designation - R5D-3 (USN) C-54Q (USAF)

Nickname – Skymaster

Type - Cargo/Transport

Specifications
Length - 93 ft 10 in
Height - 27 ft 6 in
Wingspan - 117 ft 6 in
Flight Crew - 3
Gross Weight
Empty - 43,300 lb
Maximum takeoff - 73,000 lb

Engines
4 X Pratt & Whitney R-2000-11, 1350 hp/engine

Performance
Range - 3,100 miles
Cruise Speed - 203 mph
Maximum Speed - 275 mph
Ceiling - 22,300 ft
HOBBY MASTER IS AWARE THAT THE
BLUE IS TOO DARK AND IT WILL BE
CORRECTED FOR THE FINAL PRODUCT
HOBBY MASTER 1/200 AIRLINER SERIES
HOBBY MASTER COLLECTOR