Douglas C-54 "Skymaster"

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We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of a WWII aircraft for our collection–the museum’s largest artifact to date! If you’ve visited the airfield, you may have noticed the white and red C-54 (or DC-4) aerial firefighting tanker aircraft that has been sitting on the ramp at the airport for about a decade now. Thanks to generous donations from Clay Perkins and Hugh & Michelle Harvey, the museum was able to purchase this fantastic aircraft from Brooks Fuel.

The C-54 Skymaster was originally designed as an airliner (called the DC-4) by the Douglas Aircraft Company. At time of its introduction, the US was embroiled in World War II so instead of becoming an airliner the aircraft was reconfigured as a transport for use by the military. Our aircraft is one of 125 C-54E models produced. This variant was known for its quick-change interior to convert between cargo, passenger, and medical evacuation configurations. The majority of C-54s served with the US Army Air Force, but ours was one of 183 that were delivered to the US Navy and Marine Corps and flew as an R5D.

An important piece of the airfield’s history includes the operations of the 320th Troop Carrier Squadron (TCS) of the 509th Composite Group. Flying five Douglas C-54 Skymasters, the 320th TCS provided essential air logistics support to the operations of the atomic mission. Nicknamed the “Green Hornet Line,” the 320th TCS flew around the country, and the globe, moving the men and materials needed to make the atomic mission possible. We have begun restoration efforts to make this airframe resemble one of those workhorses of the 320th TCS.

Our restoration plans include removing the belly tank and painting the exterior and interior of the aircraft. Ultimately, the C-54 will be moved into the B-29 hangar where it will be accessible for visitors on tours so they can experience a World War II cargo aircraft and learn more about other elements of the 509th Composite Group. If you’re interested in volunteering for this project, contact us and let us know!

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March 26-27, 2021 - Belly Tank Removal

The first major step in restoring our C-54 Skymaster was to remove the belly tank. With the help of some fantastic volunteers and our board members we were able to accomplish this over a two day period. Many thanks to all who helped out. We are grateful for the expertise of Danny Stout, a former maintenance chief on this aircraft and Mark Speer, a former co-pilot. Also on hand were Weston Allen, Bryan Coxe, Jerry Nulty, Landon Wilkey, Mark Petersen, Jim Petersen, Tom Petersen and Shane Cloward.

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Plan A Visit!

Come out to Historic Wendover Airfield and learn about our unique history.  Walk where they walked.

Address:  352 E. 'A' Street (Airport Way), PO Box 104 Wendover, UT 84083

Musuem Phone: (435) 665-7724

Hours of Operation

Wednesday - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Thursday - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Friday - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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The Fixed Base Operator (FBO) is open 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm.

Airport & FBO Phone:

(435) 843-3360