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Can you help identify this U.S. Air force four engine prop, numbered 2753.

  • Have picture of the plane with another called fat cat when my brother was in usaf
    – user12116
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 21:18
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    This photo was taken by a cousin of my mother in law somewhere in Korea in 1952. He identifies the person in the photo as Sgt. Border.
    – user12921
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 17:55

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If you blow up the photo and look carefully, the Squadron name is the USAF Bee Liners, which is the name of the 21st Air Lift Squadron.

I actually believe this is a Douglas C-54 Skymaster. You can see plane 7233-A in this photo

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    The distinctive border paint and other features seem right. +1.
    – Rajib
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 19:22

C-54D c\n 10858 type C-54D-15-DC prod line DC589 reg\tail #42-72753 72753 (c/n 10858) to MASDC Aug 4, 1964.

  • C-54 is the type of aircraft (Cargo)
  • D denotes improvements on the base model (C-54A,C-54B,C-54C)
  • -15-DC says that the aircraft was built by Douglas Aircraft Company
  • I believe the Prod line DC 598 is its place on the overall production line.
  • reg\tail # means 42 is the year the contract was let for the production run
  • 72753 is the aircraft's registration number
  • C\N 10858 is the construction number of the Manufacturer in this case Douglas Aircraft.
  • To MASDC says the airplane was sent to the "Boneyard" at Davis Mothan in Arizona on August 4, 1964.
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    Your answer is probably immediately obvious to an expert in the field, but not being one it took a while to puzzle out that must be its full details from some Air Force records. Would be nice if you added a sentence or two to introduce what that data is, and also where you found it.
    – derobert
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 23:07
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    A source would be nice. May help somebody out with a similar problem.
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 18:40

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