N90433, Flying Tiger Line, 1955
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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.
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
surplus C-54s were converted to commercial airline requirements.
N90433 was built in 1942 for the USAAF as Douglas C-54A c/n 10410 and serial
42-72305. In September 1946 it was delivered to American Airlines as N90433 until
March 1949 when it was leased to El Al Israeli Airlines as 4X-ACC and named
Rechovoth. In January 1952 the aircraft began operations with Flying Tiger Line. On
September 24, 1955 during a cargo flight from Wake Island to Hawaii the aircraft crashed
into the Pacific 1,000 miles west of Honolulu killing 3 of the 5 crew.
|Specifications for the Douglas Aircraft Company C-54A Skymaster
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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