National Geographic : 1957 Mar
301 + Cavernous C-124 Digests a 40-foot Matador with Room to Spare Heavy cargo appetite and a roll-on, roll-off loading ramp endear the Globemaster to commanders on the move. Truck, light tank, or disassembled SH-19 helicopter easily fits its spacious hold. Such cargo, usually carried by train or ship, is flown in emergency. MATS has more than a hundred Globemasters, each costing some $1,700,000. Plans call for 1957 delivery of the Douglas C-133A, a newer and larger cargo plane with four turboprop engines. This Matador enplanes at Pinecastle for shipment overseas. Its wheeled undercarriage readily converts into a launching platform for firing (above). 'On assembly, the treadlike edges of the detached wings lock inside the fuselage. Emblem denotes the 17th Tactical Missile Squadron, recently assigned to duty overseas.