Post by leutnantwerner on Jul 27, 2013 10:37:31 GMT -5
Hi, just working on my Air Force C-54 MATS project. At pictures on the net i found sometimes the division called 'RESCUE'. Does that mean that this plane is a dedicated rescue aircraft or can do cargo haul too? Thank's in advance Bernie
Post by leutnantwerner on Jul 27, 2013 13:27:49 GMT -5
Hi Marc, sorry havn't got the picture on my smartphone. She looks like a standard MATS aircraft, with the text above the side windows, MATS insignia at rear side, code number on the nose gear doors. Just at the place were normaly is ATLANTIC or so she has a RESCUE text. Picture is dated around 1956. Hope this can help. Bernie
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Jul 27, 2013 15:42:58 GMT -5
It's probably an SC-54D, one of 38 converted by Convair in 1954. The only obvious changes are the slightly oddly shaped radome on the nose for the search radar (like a "nipple") and the large round observation blisters on the rear fuselage. They were redesignated HC-54's in 1962. They stored three 40 person inflatable lifeboats internally. They were flown by the Air Rescue Service, so unlikely to have carried cargo much.
There were a number of these MATS SC-54's based at Prestwick late 50's/early 60's all with "RESCUE" on the tail. These were dedicated search and rescue aircraft belonging to the MATS 67th Air Rescue Service Squadron and not used for cargo. Eric Joiner did a lovely repaint job for them.
Post by leutnantwerner on Jul 29, 2013 5:48:52 GMT -5
this is my work, I did so far with FSDS3 for FSX:
This is the picture I found. The bubbled windows are invisible in this picture. Even this is a b/w picture i'm not sure about the additional colours Eric Joiner got in his repaint. Found out that the origin is at Prestwick airport, UK, in 1964.
Still something to do. 1) Internal work, I don't know where the radar operator got his place and the layout of the cargo bay. 2) External work, I'm not satisfied with the main gear and the engine nacelles.
Post by leutnantwerner on Jul 29, 2013 9:01:55 GMT -5
thank you for the links to that really good web sides. I can remember me to visit the 'Prestwick portraits' when I was looking for pictures about the airport, to backdate the modern FSX version. I agree with you about the absence of the 0-50608 bubble windows. But the rear half of the cargo door might have a small hatch like insert.
Tend to agree with you Tom. My recollection is that 50608 spent much less time on the ground at Prestwick than the other 67th ARS aircraft and was possibly mainly a bus service around the western Europe MATS bases, Mildenhall, Rhein-Main etc. Amazing how many different web entries there are listing it as converted to a "SC-54G" 'though. Maybe they all used the same incorrect source?
According to this list (http://www.uswarplanes.net/c54.html) about the production and variants of the DC-4 / C-54 series aircraft, 38 C-54D aircraft were converted to SC-54D (in 1962 redesignated HC-54D) Rescuemaster air-rescue planes. Only 1+ C-54G was / were accordingly converted to SC-54G (in 1962 redesignated HC-54G). I didn't check the existing DC-4 / C-54 production lists (yet). At this moment a bit too large a job with 542 aircraft (C-54D's and C-54G's) to check. ;-)
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Post by leutnantwerner on Jul 30, 2013 2:21:00 GMT -5
another question is when the ARS planes were called to take off. Doing the rescue missions in the Vietnam war scene is understanding, but the planes at the other non Asia stations. Picking up crashed Air Force personal or US citizen only, rescue missions on civil aircraft or ships, on demand or flying patrols? When did they show the Air Rescue Service Emblem on the fuselage?