Friday, February 10, 2012

Naming the C-133

It took a while to settle on a name for the C-133. As early as 9 Apr 56, Wilson Silsby sent a memo stating the preference of a name that incorporated the word "Globe", rather than "Spacemaster", which would continue the "Master" word used for earlier Douglas transports.

On 1 Apr 58, Wilson Silsby said that he had been trying for a year to get a name. His preference was "Globeranger" and suggested that the larger C-132 be called the "Spacemaster."

On 8 Apr 58, R.J. Davis memoed several other Douglas staff, saying that USAF and the Army were asking about a name. Davis commented that the name might continue the "Globe" format, both because of the C-124's name and the globe in the DAC company insignia. Possibilities were Globespanner, Globegirdler, Globebuilder, Globetraveler, Globeking, Globecarrier, Globeruler, Globefreighter and Globelifter. The name Globemaster III was considered, carrying on the C-74 and C-124 tradition.

The same day, Don Black replied that the naming issue had taken the time of three meetings. Twenty names were suggested and the list was narrowed to eleven. A vote on each of the names left "Cargomaster" the favorite. Black personally concurred with Silsby on "Globeranger," but "the consensus was otherwise. "

The name "Cargomaster" was sent first to "Jr." (Donald Douglas, Jr.) for his consideration. He approved and the name went then to the military relations group, who concurred. A teletype message dated 30 Apr 58 stated the USAF concurred in the name and said Douglas was free to issue a press release at any time. Later that week was deemed to be the moment to make the

The above comes from copies of several Douglas intracompany memos from 1956 and 1958.

Cal Taylor

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