This shot was taken shortly after completing a low level mission through the mountains of Scotland. Post flight checks are being carried out by the US Navy groundcrew, seen here wearing standard-issue fluorescent safety vests, replacing the more familiar green, brown and blue vests normally worn during carrier deck operations.
Loaned to USAF as C-118A 51-17647. Returned to USN. Converted to R6D-1Z and redesignated VC-118B in 1962. Sold on civil market and registered Jan 1990 to American Air Freight Co, Inc as N21780. Registered N1597F at a later time. Destroyed when missed runway on landing at Patriot Hill, Antarctica Nov 26, 1993.