DOUGLAS C-118 LIFTMASTER

C-118 SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA
Model: DC-6
Designations: C-112, C-118, R6D
Name: Liftmaster (freighter DC-6A / C-118)
First official flight: (XC-112A) 15/02/1946
Factory production period: 1945 - 1958
Primary service period: 1947 - 1968
Last official flight: ?

C-118 VARIANTS

1946 Model DC-6 DC-6 174  
1949 Model DC-6A DC-6A 74  
1951 Model DC-6B DC-6B 288 Total: 536
         
1946 Model DC-6 XC-112A 1  
1947 Model DC-6 VC-118 1  
1952 Model DC-6A C-118A 101 Total: 103
         
1951 Model DC-6A R6D-1 65 Total: 065

Grand Total: 704

C-118 PRODUCTION

Civil Aircraft

DC-6
As civil DC-4, lengthened fuselage,
pressurized cabin.
Produced 1946 - 1951

Douglas Santa Monica, California

civil reg. mixed 42854 to 43295

Total: 174

DC-6A
As DC-6, cargo version, lengthened fuselage,
2 cargo doors, reinforced floor, engine upgrade.
Produced 1949 - 1958

Douglas Santa Monica, California

civil reg. 42901  
civil reg. mixed 43296 to 45551

Total: 074

DC-6B
As DC-6A, passenger version.
Produced 1950 - 1958
Douglas Santa Monica, California

civil reg. mixed 43257 to 45564

Total: 288

Military Aircraft

XC-112A
Prototype for the DC-6 / C-118 series, developed
from a cancelled C-54 variant designated XC-112.
Produced 1945 - 1946

Douglas Santa Monica, California (DO)

45-873 36326

Total: 001

VC-118
As civil DC-6, named: "Independence".
Second US Presidential aircraft, served H. Truman
from 1947-1953, used once by J.F. Kennedy in 1961.
Retired in late 1965.
Produced 1947

Douglas Santa Monica, California (DO)

46-505 42881

Total: 001

C-118A
As civil DC-6A, USAF personnel / cargo transports.
Additional 40 transferred from US Navy.
Produced 1951 - 1955

Douglas Santa Monica, California (DO)

51-3818 / 51-3835 43565 / 43582  
53-3223 / 53-3305
- 7 later to USN with BuNo.152687 / 152689,
153691 / 153694.
44594 / 44676

Total: 101

R6D-1
As C-118A, US Navy version.
40 to USAF in 1962, assigned s/n: 50-1843, 50-1844,
51-17626 / 51-17661, 51-17667, 51-17668.
Remaining 25 redesignated as C-118B in 1962.
Produced 1951 - 1955

Douglas Santa Monica, California (D)

BuNo.128423 / 128433 mixed 43206 to 43517  
BuNo.131567 / 131620 43670 / 43723

Total: 065

 

Grand Total: 704

C-118 CONVERSIONS

Civil Conversions

DC-6C 1+ DC-6A, cargo / passenger convertibles.
DC-6AB / AC / A(C) / BF 1+ DC-6A/B, unofficial designations as freighter conversions.
Conversions by Pacific Airmotive Corp., California.

Military Conversions

USAF

YC-112A 1 XC-112A, redesignation for service tests.
C-118A 3 Civil DC-6B, conversions for Chilean Air Force.
Assigned s/n: 65-12815, 65-12816, 66-14467,
with Chile s/n: 985 / 987.
EC-118A 1 C-118A, conversion as reconn. aircraft.
MC-118A 1+ C-118A, designation for medical evacuation role.
VC-118A 15+ C-118A, staff transport conversions.

US Navy

R6D-1Z 4 R6D-1, conversions as VIP / staff transports.
(VC-118B) 4 1962, redesignation of R4D-1Z.
(DC-118B) 1 VC-118B, 1962, single conversion as drone director.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Many surplus DC-6 / C-118 airframes converted for foreign military service.
 - Many conversions made on civil market as freighters, fire-bombers etc.

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