Hobbymaster 1/200 scale HL2022 Douglas C-54A N90433, Flying Tiger Line, 1955.
Conceived as a civil airliner the Douglas DC-4 was commandeered by the U.S. Government on December 5, 1941 even before production had begun. Now known as the C-54 it had several modifications made to meet military requirements and first flew in March 1942. During WWII more than 1,200 C-54s were produced and operated in every theatre of operations. The aircraft was the U.S. military workhorse carrying everything from Presidents to wounded personnel to coal. With the end of WWII more than 300 surplus C-54s were converted to commercial airline requirements.
N90433 was built in 1942 for the USAAF as Douglas C-54A c/n 10410 and serial 42-72305. In September 1946 it was delivered to American Airlines as N90433 until March 1949 when it was leased to El Al Israeli Airlines as 4X-ACC and named Rechovoth. In January 1952 the aircraft began operations with Flying Tiger Line. On September 24, 1955 during a cargo flight from Wake Island to Hawaii the aircraft crashed into the Pacific 1,000 miles west of Honolulu killing 3 of the 5 crew.