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US Air Force Military Aircraft: Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, Images by Wernher Krutein, Les Clark and PHOTOVAULT®

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The prototype C-119 first flew in November 1947. The Fairchild C-119 was a larger and improved version ot the Fairchild C-82 Packet. It was designed to air drop paratroops and large cargo. It featured rear clam shell doors, along with a monorail system for the delivery of items through doors in the floor at the cargo compartment.

The USAF used the airplane extensively during the Korean Conflict and many of this type aircraft were supplied to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. They were also bought by the air forces of Canada, Belgium, Italy, Viet Nam and India. In South Vietnam, the airplane once again entered combat, this time in a ground support role as AC-119 "gunships", mounting side firing weapons capable of firing up to 6,000 rounds per minute per gun.

One of the C-119J's on this page was specially modified for the mid-air retrieval of space capsules reentering the atmosphere from orbit. On August 19, 1960, this aircraft made the world's first mid-air recovery of a capsule returning from space when it' "snagged" the parachute lowering the Discoverer XIV satellite at 6,000 feet altitude, 360 miles southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii.

The C-119G was powered by two Wright R-3350-89A engines. 1,112 of all versions were built.


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