Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar"

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The C-119 Flying Boxcar, developed from the Fairchild C-82 Packet, was a twin-engine, twin-boom, twin-tail transport designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute (utilizing its "clamshell" cargo doors in the rear cockpit). The first C-119 made its maiden flight in November 1947 and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,150 C-119s had been built. The USAF used the airplane extensively during the Korean Conflict as a transport. In South Vietnam, the airplane once again entered combat, this time in the ground support role as the AC-119G "Shadow" and AC-119K "Stinger" gunships mounting side-firing weapons capable of unleashing up to 6,000 rounds per minute per gun.

When acting as a transport, the C-119 could carry up to 62 fully-equippedtroops or a 30,000 pound cargo load.

Perhaps the Boxcar's most notable feat happened when it made the world's first mid-air recovery of a capsule returning from outer space. This occurred southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii on 19August 1960 when it snagged the chute attached to the Discovery XIV satellite at an altitude of 8,000 feet.


Official Designation C-119G Flying Boxcar
Unofficial Nicknames Crowd Killer, Dollar Nineteen
Primary Role Tactical airlift
Secondary Role Aerial gunship
National Origin USA
Original Contractor Fairchild Aircraft Corporation
Wingspan 109 feet, 4 inches
Length 86 feet, 6 inches
Height at Tail 26 feet, 6 inches
Armament See AC-119G
Engines Two P&W R-4360-20 radials (Fairchild built)
Two Wright R-3350-85 radials (Kaiser built)
Horsepower 3,500 shp each
Cruise Speed 200 mph
Max Speed 290 mph
Range 2,280 miles
Service Ceiling 30,000 feet
Operating Weight 40,000 pounds
Max Payload 30,000 pounds or 67 troops
Normal Takeoff Weight 64,000 pounds
Max Takeoff Weight 74,000 pounds
Date Deployed 1947
Total Produced 480 aircraft

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