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    Gentlemen,

    Looking for information for the CS-54 "Duckbutt" aerial tanker.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Regards,
    P.N.

  • #2
    I tried to get some info' but not much luck, sorry. Just for clarification, are "duckbutt" aerial tankers that provide refuelling over water?
    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    In english "silence" means yelling louder than everyone else.

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    • #3
      Hi,
      Thanks for getting back to me.
      Don't know what "Duckbutt" means, but the aircraft were active in the 1958 Lebanon crisis refueling F-100s from the 354th TFW.
      Cheers,
      P.N.
      Last edited by hobo9; 01 Sep 19, 23:49.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Achtung Baby View Post
        I tried to get some info' but not much luck, sorry. Just for clarification, are "duckbutt" aerial tankers that provide refuelling over water?
        I didn't have any luck either. Tankers usually have a "K" in their designation. I didn't see any tanker versions of the C-54.

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        • #5
          Sikorski had a Heavy Lift Helicopter, the S 54 Skycrane.

          Pruitt
          Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

          Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

          by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
            Sikorski had a Heavy Lift Helicopter, the S 54 Skycrane.

            Pruitt
            It wasn't around in 1958, though.
            Speaking of Skycranes, I saw one flying a few months ago. It's been many years since I'd seen one.

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            • #7
              Found what I was looking for:

              In 1953, the USAF Air Rescue Service adopted the SC-54D (SC-54?), a modified C-54 Skymaster which could carry four MA-1 droppable rescue kits. Each kit contained a 40-person inflatable life raft that could be dropped more safely than the rigid boats used by the SC-17 and SC-29. 28 C-54s were modified by Convair. (Wikipedia)

              Thank you everybody for your time and input,
              P.N.
              Last edited by hobo9; 03 Sep 19, 09:55.

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              • #8
                Nice, I was able to find a pic because of the extra key words in the search. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:D..._in_flight.jpg
                "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                Ernest Hemingway.

                In english "silence" means yelling louder than everyone else.

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                • #9
                  Lebanon 1958 and the Composite Air Strike Force
                  https://supersabresociety.com/wp-con...e-37-story.pdf

                  KB-50J
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                  About an hour out, Alpha passed the first and only Duckbutt (of the three that were supposed to be on station). Two hours after takeoff, as the sun set, the section spotted the tankers.
                  The only navigation aids were several CS-54 “Duckbutts” with radar-steering capability, the tankers in the refueling areas with their radars, a little contact flying when we were over land, plus a lot of dead reckoning over water.
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                  Last edited by OttoHarkaman; 03 Sep 19, 18:12.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you again everybody
                    P.N.

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