N199AB/61999 to Travis AFB
Mark Meltzer did an excellent photo series with extensive remarks, from the Travis arrival on 30 Aug 2008. Check it out.
Preparations at Anchorage, 23 Aug 08
These photos by Terry Juran show preparations at Ted Stevens International Airport for the flight to McChord AFB and then on to Travis AFB.
All photos copyright Terry Juran 2008
Preparing to tow to maintenance area Hooking tug to 61999 for tow to maintenance area 61999 hooked to tug and ready for tow
61999 in maintenance area, waiting engine run Checking fluids in spinner New AF standard type markings on nose of 61999
The brochure below was developed to be used for the Labor Day arrival of the Alaska C-133A, N199AB/61999, at Travis AFB. It can also be used in times to follow to explain some of the history of this particular airplane and of the C-133 fleet in general.
100 Photos of C-133B 90536
Michael Boyd has done a photo walk-around of the C-133 at the Air Mobility Command Museum. They will be of great help to anyone building Gene hooker's model. Check them out here. Click on C-133.
1/72 Scale Douglas C-133
Contact Gene Hooker for production information. His email is email@example.com.
24” x 36” styrene plastic vacuform sheet
59 parts, mostly male molded with parting lines
Female molded parts include:
Wing flap fairings
Main gear pods are molded as part of the fuselage
Full-size plans show surface detail, panel lines, location of internal model structure, cockpit and landing gear detail.
Spruce yardstick used to build wing and tail surface spars.
Illustrated instructions with:
Detailed installation of balsa keels, bulkheads, ribs to stabilize the profile and contours of the model before parts are removed from the plastic sheet. (Plastic tube glue makes a good balsa/styrene bond).
Cockpit windshield made of clear acetate imprinted with window frame lines.
Display stand pattern.
Kit reissue ordering:
Gene Hooker can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send check or money order to:
1810 Lafayette, Apt A 11
Columbus, OH 43212
Prices are: $70 postpaid to US. $100 airmail to non-US or Canada destinations.
Target shipment date: Contact Gene Hooker for production schedule before ordering.
C-133A 62014 built from the Hooker kit
Wingspan 30" Length 26"
Most of these pictures were taken between 1969 and 1971,
on various C-133 missions I flew in the Pacific and to other locations. A few
come from 1963-64, taken at James Connally AFB,
First sight of the C-133 was in 1964 at James
Connally AFB, TX. Lots of MATS transports were moving
the 3rd Armored Division from
While I was at Mather AFB, CA, a C-133 (90522) landed there and blew a tire. I took a look through the plane on the ramp. While I was taking pictures from the top hatch, fuel started gushing out of the right wing dump mast. When I told the flight engineer (who had a student) he said, “Shut it off!” Must have flipped the switch for real instead of simulating.
I got into the airplane in May 1969, and found it to be huge. The C-130 was roomy, but the C-133 had even more. Here are some interior shots of my own and from others to give an idea of what things looked like.
CPT Andy Dill, 1961 Becky Cordell 2000 Nav station in use Cal Taylor 2000
Roger Cole at the engineer panel
Roger Cole at the engineer panel
Loading Tanks, Saigon 66 Bob Jones 2000 Cargo deck looking fwd Cal Taylor 2000
early 1961, MATS conducted Operation LONG PASS. The command used its entire fleet
of C-133s in a mass airlift between
The Royal Air Force Cargomaster
The RAF Cargomaster
Walter Civitico, of
I had an e-mail from John Voss, who worked at
Concept for Saturn S-IVB Carrier (Douglas Photo)
When NASA was
looking for a way to move rocket motors to the
Bill Norton, at Edwards, sent me the first information about a proposed C-133 modification that I believe no one in the crew force ever heard about. The illustration is from David Carpenter’s NX-2 Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion, pg. 31, published as credited above. General Electric developed a HUGE jet engine, the X211 (military J-87), to be used in the 450,000-pound Convair NX-2 bomber. The engine would have been a twin-turbine unit with a nuclear reactor and heat exchanger between the engines to heat the air entering the turbine section. Each side of the engine would develop 27,730 pounds of thrust. The paired unit was 42’ long, and weighed 15,745 pounds.
The C-133 test bed would operate only the right engine of the pair, with an air intake aft of the crew entrance door. The test parameters included speed to Mach 0.62 and altitude to 35,000’. The first year was planned for 75 total flight hours, and 100 hours in subsequent years. It would have been an interesting operation, to say the least.
Some C-132 shots
The C-132 was never built, but it would have been an extremely impressive airplane. This year, I acquired a 1/100 cast metal model.
With the magic of the digital camera, I have put together some shots that give a good idea of what it would have looked like in
Alaska C-133 Flies
On 17 June 2004, Stu Sibitzky shot some photos of N199AB operating in Alaska. One of the destinations was a short, narrow (5,000' by 60') field at Chalyitsik. east of Fairbanks. It is not something that the military pilots would have considered adequate.