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    This page documents a history of a specific aircraft. The details provided vary from aircraft to aircraft and are dependent on the research and amount of data uploaded to the Aerial Visuals database.

    Airframe Family: Douglas DC-6 / C-118/R6D Liftmaster
    Latest Model:VC-118B Liftmaster
    Last Military Serial:128427 USN
    Construction Number:43210
    Last Civil Registration:N427D
    Latest Owner or Location:United States Navy

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    Constructed as a R6D-1.

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Navy with BuNo 128427.

    Converted to a R6D-1Z.

    Redesignated as VC-118B.
    Fitted with a VIP kit for Use as the Commandant Of the Marine Corps personal aircraft.

    By 13 February 1979

    Photographer: Paul J. Hooper
    Notes: 128427 visited Maastricht, The Netherlands, in February of 1979 transporting, if my ancient memory serves me well, a US Marine Corps band.

    9 September 1986

    To Lan-Dale Company, Reno, NV with c/r N427D.

    3 December 1986

    Certificate of airworthiness for NX427D (C-118, 128427) issued.

    To Cherry Point MCAS, Cherry Point, NC.
    View the Location Dossier

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Navy with BuNo 128427.

    Transferred to a museum.

    Photographer: unknown
    Notes: In the late 50s I was Radio/Radar operator and Tech on this plane used by CINCPAC. Adm Felix B.Stump.

    Photographer: Robert Peckham

    15 May 2015

    Photographer: Glenn Schwarz
    Notes: If anyone can or knows a way to save this aircraft please contact me

    15 May 2015

    Photographer: Glenn Schwarz

    15 May 2015

    Photographer: Glenn Schwarz
    Notes: Commandants Desk

    15 May 2015

    Photographer: Glenn Schwarz

    15 May 2015

    Photographer: Glenn Schwarz
    Notes: Please help save her

    15 May 2015

    Photographer: Glenn Schwarz
    Notes: VIP Galley

    Glenn Schwarz comments (June 2015): 128427 was used as the Commandant Of the Marine Corps personal aircraft fitted with a VIP kit. It now resides at MCAS Cherry Point in bad condition. The aircraft was supposed to be put in a proposed museum that never happened. It is now slated to be chopped for scrap. I have contacts for anyone who has the means to help save the aircraft. Contact me at I am new to this site but I will try to upload photos.

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    Data for airframe dossiers come from various sources. The following were used to compile this dossier...

    Print Sources
    World Military Out of Service 2008 by Andy Marden

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    Airbus, Boeing, Convair and Douglas Production List
    Federal Aviation Administration in the United States of America

    Individual Contributors
    Glenn Schwarz

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