|Designation||C-54 (R5D, Skymaster)|
|Type||Transport / Cargo|
|No. of Engines||4|
|Powerplant||Pratt & Wright R-2000-7|
|Cruise speed||192 Mph|
|Wingarea||1460 Sq ft|
|Empty Wt||37000 lbs|
|Gross Wt.||62000 lbs|
|Max Wt.||73000 lbs|
|Max Speed||265 Mph|
This aircraft had crew positions for a pilot, co-pilot, radio, weather radar operator.
Some Important Dates
20 Oct 1955 - Two P2V Neptunes and two R5D Skymasters of VX-6 forged the first air link with the continent of Antarctica with a flight from Christchurch, New Zealand, to McMurdo Sound.
30 Sept.1958 - Deep Freeze IV began as Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek, Commander Naval Support Force, Antarctica, and four of his staff arrived at McMurdo Sound aboard an R5D of VX-6.
1 Oct. 1959 - An R5D Skymaster, piloted by Lieutenant Commander J. A. Henning of VX-6 arrived at NAF McMurdo Sound after a flight from Christchurch, New Zealand. The arrival of Rear Admiral D. M. Tyree, Commander Naval Support Force Antarctica on this first flight of the season marked the operational implementation of Operation Deep Freeze 60.
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