The C-124 earning the 24th spot on our list, is the second Globemaster incarnation after the C-74 Globemaster I. The aircraft served as a well known strategic airlifter for the Vietnam war. Also nicknamed "Old Shaky" for its 4 loud turboprop engines.
Designed and first built in 1950, the C-124 was built to provide an even bigger strategic airlifter. The C-124 was designed by Douglas and built from 1950 to 1955 and served until 1974, but still serves limitedly as civilian cargo lifters as 9 survive, unlike its unlucky predecessor. The C-124 was issued into the USAF and over 480 where built, and several flew in the Georgia Air National Guard. The C-124 was huge and had 2 cargo decks able to carry 68,500 Ib of cargo and over 180 troops. A few versions where made including a tanker and observation variant. The Globemaster II could accelerate to 304 mph, it had a range of 6,281 miles, and could operate at up to 21,000 feet above earth, a true pioneering strategic airlifter.
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