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The C-133 “Crashmaster”

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Fareed Guyot
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#1 Posted: 2/25/2011 23:14:14

Air Force insiders called it the C-133 Crashmaster. It was the U.S. Air Force’s heavy lift cargo hauler from 1956 to 1971 before it was supplanted by the C-5A. Fifty were built, but nine crashed mostly due to its stall characteristics. The C-133 served as the primary transport of intercontinental ballistic missiles, plus Atlas, Titan, and Saturn boosters for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs.

 

 

 



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Lars Gleitsmann
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#2 Posted: 3/10/2011 21:17:06

Hi,

No question that they had REALLY BAD losses of the C133's with the USAF, but in the end it did sure seem to be a pretty reasonable Aircraft: Because the last one flew in Alaska for many Many Years and flew in and out of short gravel strips and did so without any accident. While it did so it was maintained by a smal civillian crew and they did not get scared of it. I know them well and there are good memories with this plane.

We here in Alaska were sad to see it go ... to a museum 4 ever.

It was a real asset here, it could sure do things no other plane could.

maybe I should post some pictures...

regards,

Lars



Fareed Guyot
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#3 Posted: 3/10/2011 21:59:40

Lars,

 

Since we published the item on the C-133 there has been some discussion about whether the aircraft deserved its reputation. We would welcome pictures and any rememberences you may have. We plan to follow up on this story in a future issue of Warbirds Briefing

Please send me what you can: fguyot@eaa.org



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Tom Brown
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#4 Posted: 4/15/2011 04:39:58

We have one sitting at the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul Illinois, she's a big gal.  



Fareed Guyot
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#5 Posted: 4/15/2011 09:04:22
Tom   Send us pictures!

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