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The Northrop YC-125 was a military version of the Northrop N-23 "Pioneer" commercial cargo aircraft. The YC-125 series was intended to satisfy two types of missions for the Air Force, troop and equipment transport to forward combat areas and Arctic rescue.

The YC-125 was designed to operate from rough, short airfields and to be easily maintained. Thirteen YC-125A's were ordered in 1948 to test the aircraft's ability to haul troops and cargo. Ten additional aircraft were ordered, slightly modified as YC-125B's, to test their capabilities in the Arctic rescue role.

The first flight of the YC-125A occurred on August 1, 1949, and deliveries to the Air Force began in 1950. The tests found the aircraft to be significantly underpowered for the intended missions. Furthermore, helicopters were recognized as a better solution for moving troops into forward areas and for performing rescue missions. As a result, the YC-125s were sent to Shepard Air Force Base, Texas, to be used as ground maintenance trainers. They were declared surplus in 1955. The second aircraft on this page (48-626) is painted to represent the YC-125B used for cold weather testing and was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1950.

SPECIFICATIONS
Span- 86 ft. 6 in.
Length: 67 ft. 1 in.
Height: 23 ft. 1 in. weight: 41,900 lbs. maximum
Armament None
Engine: Three Wright Piston Engines of 1200 hp. each
Crew: Four

PERFORMANCE
Max. speed: 207 mph160 knots
Cruising speed: 171 mph 149 knots
Range: 1,856 statute miles 1,613 nautical mites
Ceiling: 12,200 ft.

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