Published June 01, 2015
XC-99 in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo).
XC-99 in flight with a B-36. (U.S. Air Force photo).
In 1953, an AN/APS-42 weather radar with its distinctive “thimble” radome (the black dome on the nose of the aircraft) was installed. The spectators are looking into the cargo bay, which used a special hoist to load cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Interior details of the XC-99. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Using measurements taken from the original aircraft and photographs, Lt. Col. Howard T. Meek (USAF, Ret) constructed this 1/72 scale model of the XC-99 from scratch using various types of wood. (U.S. Air Force photo).
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)