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C-123 "Provider"

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C-123 Provider

The basis of design for the C-123 was the XG-20 cargo glider. The first prototype of this powered assault transport was flown on 14 October 1949. It was powered by two R2800-3 engines. The second prototype flew on 21 April 1951, powered by four J47 turbojets. After production difficulties and a change in manufacturer, the first Fairchild-built C-123B entered service with the 309th Troop Carrier Group, in July 1955. 302 C-123B Providers were built to fulfill USAF contract requirements. Nine more changes were made to the original design, which brings the “Provider” to its present configuration as the C-123K. The C-123K first flew on 27 May 1966. This aircraft was one of the 183 C-123B models converted to C-123K models by mounting turbojet pods under each wing. Many C-123Ks saw service in the skies over Vietnam, performing airlift and other missions.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Fairchild Hiller
Wing Span: 110′
Length: 75′ 9″
Height: 34′ 1″
Empty Weight: 29,900 lbs
Gross Weight: 60,000 lbs
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W piston radials (2)
Speed: 245 mph
Range: 1,470 miles
Altitude: 29,000 ft
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