C-119C "Flying Boxcar"

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C-119C Flying Boxcar

This cargo aircraft was designed and built by Fairchild and was a greatly improved and redesigned version of the C-82. Nicknamed the “Flying Boxcar,” it was the first American aircraft designed during World War II specifically for carrying cargo. Capable of transporting a 2½ ton truck, a light tank, or an 11,700-pound payload for a thousand miles, the Flying Boxcar participated in all cargo aspects of the Korean conflict. It assisted in meeting General MacArthur’s demands for 700 to 1000 tons of airlifted material per day to combat forces in Korea. They made the first emergency drop of ammunition and rations to the front line units of the X-Corps on September 21, 1950. Various versions of the C-119 continued to be used by the Air National Guard, the Air Reserve, and combat forces in Southeast Asia. Equipped with mini-guns and 20mm Gatling guns in addition to two jet engines, this aircraft participated in many combat missions. When production ceased in 1955, 1112 C-119s had been built. No other aircraft except the C-47 has been in the Air Force inventory longer than the Flying Boxcar.


Manufacturer: Fairchild
Wing Span: 109 ft 4 in
Length: 86 ft
Height: 26 ft 8 in
Empty Weight: 32,500 lbs
Gross Weight: 54,000 lbs
Quantity Produced: 1112
Speed: 281 mph
Range: 1770 miles
Altitude: 23,900 ft Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney
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