Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
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Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

During 1947 Fairchiid developed an improved version of the C-82, the XC-82B prototype being a conversion from a production C-82A. It differed primarily by having the flight deck resited into the nose of the aircraft and the installation of 1976kW Pratt & Whitney R-4360-4 Wasp Major 28-cylinder radial engines. Following service tests it was ordered into production as the C-119B Flying Boxcar (55 built), these having the fuselage widened by 0.36m, structural strengthening for operation at higher gross weights, and more powerful R-4360-20 engines. Accommodating up to 62 paratroops, and with increased cargo capacity, the C-119s gave excellent service during operations in Korea and Vietnam, as well as in a wide variety of other heavy transport applications. C-119s also serve or served with the air forces of Belgium, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Nationalist China and South Vietnam, many supplied under the Military Assistance Program. In addition, some surplus military aircraft, both C-82s and C-119s, were acquired by civil operators.

In 1961 Steward-Davis Inc. of Long Beach, California, developed a Jet-Pak conversion for C-119 aircraft. This involved the installation of a 1542kg thrust Westinghouse J34-WE-36 turbojet engine in a specially-developed nacelle mounted on the upper surface of the wing centre-section. At least 26 Indian Air Force C-119s had a more powerful HAL-built Orpheus jet pod to enable them to operate with greater payloads under 'hot and high' conditions.

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

 ENGINE2 x Wright R-3350-85, 2610kW
    Take-off weight33747 kg74400 lb
    Empty weight18136 kg39983 lb
    Wingspan33.3 m109 ft 3 in
    Length26.37 m87 ft 6 in
    Height8.0 m26 ft 3 in
    Wing area134.43 m21446.99 sq ft
    Max. speed470 km/h292 mph
    Cruise speed322 km/h200 mph
    Ceiling7300 m23950 ft
    Range w/max.fuel3669 km2280 miles

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raymond perez, 23.03.2017

I trying to find news of the crash near Nashville Ky of a c119 crash that took off from fort Cambell,Ky with paratroopers on board about Jan 15,1955

Mike Mansfield, 01.03.2017

My dad, Sgt. William J. Mansfield,was a crew chief on a C119 out of El Toro. He was killed in a bar fight at The Bar Red Lip November 1956. Is there anyone out there that knew him?

tom cotter, 29.03.2016

In my 10 years of service, I only flew twice in a C-130...
(NTC, Barstow,Ca;`round trip').
But I enjoy these classic workhorses.... even over fighters or bombers.
The C-119 was a design anomality that fit into that rare place in aviation that will never come again. Evolving from
a disposable glider into a light tactical cargo carrier....
the variants we're literally developed on-station for what ever was needed. Be it an air ambulance, airborne troop wagon, gunship even a spacecraft recovery vehicle?
DOD or defense contractors will never do this again.
It was a kind of 'barnstorming' approach to aircraft development.
In an age of orbital reconnaissance and strategic drones, the 'boxcar' still inspires a 'blue collar independence' that makes living very interesting.

Michel Verheughe, 03.03.2016

My father flew the first Belgian C-119 OT-CAC in October 1952. I try now to reproduce it for the flight simulator X-Plane. I have some photos of the aircraft from the museum in Brussels but I wonder about the cockpit. E.g. how were the parking brakes activated? If anybody still remember how to fly this aircraft, please contact me. My father passed away in 1986 and I don't know anybody I could contact from here. Thanks in advance.

charles E. swinson, 18.01.2016

I,sp3rd class,1955 fort Campbell KY(503rd 11th abn(hells angels(don't knock the rock-was stationed,after(1955)warner kasern,leopold strasa-1958-army medic.now(71yrs of age.503rd 11th abn.now live in Fayetteville,n.c.ph#910-423-5971/who-or.Airborne.

Woody, 18.09.2015

I was a loadmaster on them. The noise in the cargo compartment got to 139DB at meto power. Pain threshold is 133. It was noisy but bareable with ear plugs and headset push tight as possible.

kj freeman, 20.07.2015

P.S to early post During a summer camp 129th CANG Hayward,ca spent at alpena mi I rode to travis city mi to pick up supplies. Apon wheels up leaving travis city the left engine blew a jug[cyl] on the lower side of the engine. oil pored out and caught on fire on outide of engine nuclei and lower wing area. {as a aircraft electrian that worked on this plane I was glad that the fire detectors worked and set off a alarm]but the shaking and noise told you there was a problem. Most of the ang pilot were commercial pilots who enjoyed flying a airplane they flew. I believe the pilot was the base commander Col Konic the prop was feathered and we landed with the fire blowing its self out after running out of oil.
IN 1971/72 the 129th flew to pope afb nc fort bragg. while there the army used are 119s to night jump. I went on several night jumps to watch I was 21/22 and wanted to see everything.It was common for the army jumpers to try to take a souvenir with them out the plane after replacing 2 toilet seat that missing and presumed to have went out the back we hide it till after the jumps.During one night jump a jumper tried to take the carbon pile voltage regulator that was in a snap in mount inside behind the jump seat against the fuselage they were used to parallel the two engine power plants. I had stated the app on A deck and replaced it the next day after parallel them again. SGT KJ Freeman 129 th SAC CANG Hayward Ca. P.S. yes we were SAC?

Charles D Kowalski, 29.04.2015

I flew in the C-119s as a radio op while with the 582 AR Squadron at RAF Molesworth, England. One Saturday morning we going up to do a little "flag-pole flying" on a plane which had just come out of maintenance. It seems someone forgot to tighten a pulley on the horizontal stabilizer or elevator and just as we broke ground, I was in the jump-seat and we went into what I thought was a short field take-off which we practiced often. Not so. The nose of the aircraft just wanted to go straight up. Immediately the navigator was between the left and right seat with a hand on each control column trying to force the nose down, with not much luck. The engineer then tried to wedge a block of wood between the column and the base of the pilot's seat.
Again no luck. I was told to send a MAYDAY. Shortly thereafter the pilot said that any of us who wanted to go back an bail out. Nobody did. By reducing the airspeed to almost stall speed, and with the navigator and I pushing on the control columns we were able to get it in a slight nose down attitude. We were cleared to attempt a landing and after turning on final we got a red light on the landing gear. Just what we didn't need. It was decided we were going to attempt to land anyway. The gears held and as soon as possible the engines were shut down immediately. That having been said, I would fly in one of those old birds today.

Robert Huston, 27.03.2015

69th TC Sd, 433 TCWing, Donaldson AFB -Entire wing flew to Frankfurt, Germany July/August 1951 with brand new C-119. Wrote "Mission to NATO" for Air Force Museum magazine "FRIENDS Journal" Summer 2013. (Vol 36-No.2). Path was Donaldson AFB, Greenville, S.C. to Westover AFB, Massachusetts, to Goose Bay, Labrador, to BW-1, Greenland, to Keflavik, Iceland, to Prestwick, Scotland and finally to Rhine Main at Frankfurt, Germany. Flew all over Europe (in front of Iron Curtain) for next couple years.

Mac McCoy, 22.03.2015

Continue,, I started as as an incompetent Ensign but got enough experience to spend the next 30 years flying for American Airlines retiring on the767

Mac McCoy, 22.03.2015

What sbout the R4Q-2 ? I flew it several years in Fleet Tactical Two Four before leaving to Join American Airlines. Country Club Duty in the Me

kj freeman, 04.03.2015

I worked on c119 while in cang Hayward ca 1969/1975 flew on them to summer camps in boise id,alpena mi,fayetville nc[pope] Is a aircraft electrican 42350 during flights I spent most of my time on a deck with the app. The view from there was great. We flew over the crater in az and down inside the grand canyon on are two day trip to pope. The 129 was a lot of fun and I enjoyed every uta@summercamp.

Don A. Pardew, 02.03.2015

I still remember my dad working at Steward & Davis ,flying the C-82's and the death of Cecil Johns ,my dad was suppose to fly that mission but ,couldn't because of a severe cold, so he gave Cecil his watch because didn't have his before take off .When the plane crashed in Mexico ,they thought it was my dad that had died because all they found was my dad's watch !!I got the day off at school,At Jefferson jr.high long beach ca.My dad died a few years later in a plane crash at river side airport in bad weather on his birthday ,11/25/1970 thank you , Donald A.Pardew private pilot .

Dan, 16.02.2015

I flew on the AC-119 Gunship as Flight Engineer, two tours in South East Asia. Call sign: "Shadow."

Larry Britton, 28.12.2014

I was stationed with the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, KY and made many jumps from the C-119. It was a great plane for jumping especially by tailgate. It was a real challenge for it to take off with a full load of paratroopers. Some anxious moments but a lot of fun.

Jim Costello, 28.10.2014

Have seen several comments in this C-119G string from folks who served in my unit or affiliated units. If you would like contact me at my email address, which is "jcostell@charter.net", please do. I served in the USAFRes from 1960-1967 as a flight engineer (SSgt) AFSC A43171A, with 327th TCS, 512th TCW, Willow Grove NAS, Pennsylvania. The sister unit at WGNAS was the 326th TCS also at WGNAS. Our third squadron in the Wing was stationed at Niagara Falls, NY. We all were federalized for the Cuban Missile Crisis by President John F. Kennedy. Remember that? Got most of my information from the Philadelphia Inquirer or Bulletin because our military briefings were "top secret." Fond recollections. Jim Costello, SSgt, long gone.

Henry Villareal, 25.09.2014

I made about 30 or 40 jumps from the c119 ,between 1953 and and 1956,It was a hell ofa good airplane.some how the pilots were able to take off and control the plane with a whole platoon with full combat gear and drop us safely over the DZ. Many thanks to the pilots that flew the c119

Tom Murphy, 28.08.2014

I flew the C-119 out of Ashiya, Japan during 1953-55. TDY to Clark AFB (Luzon, Philippines) April-October 1954 in support of French forces besieged at Bien Dien Phu. last flight to Haiphong Oct. '54. Flew the bird in reserve sqdron at Bradley Field, Hartford, CT 1958. One landing saw one prop fail to reverse and an engine out on ferry mission enroute from Johnson Is. to Hickham (Hawaii) Nov. 1954. Another at night over Pitsberg, Pa while flying with the reserve sqdron. Over-all I was pleased with the "Flying Boxcar" known as the C-119.

Douglas Miranda, 23.08.2014

I was sent TDY from Eglin AFB, Florida, to join a group of men at Lockborne AFB, Ohio, to prepare (36) , C-119 Gunships to fly to Viet Nam. We removed the mini guns, the flare launcher, Gunners Station, and all the armament. we taged every nut, bolt, and part and crated everything by aircraft tail number for shipment. We then installed three 600gallon fuel tanks in the cargo bay and plumbed them into the fuel system, expanding its fuel capasity by 1800 gallons for the flight to Viet Nam. The first aircraft took us 5 days to complete the transformation and we did not know how we were going to get all 36 aircraft ready for transport in the 60 days we were alotted. Somehow with good leadership, good planning, alot of work, and great commentment from a crew that had never worked together or even knew each other, we completed or task. During all of this, the base had an ORI and someone from Weapons or munitions, backed a flatbed truck into one of the C119's causing a 2ft x 4ft dent in the fuelsage just below the right rear jump door. This had to be fixed so that the aircraft could fly in the ORI the next day. Because I was the sheetmetal man, I was ask if we could get it fixed before the ORI. Me and my team and a couple of sheetmetal men from the base, worked all night, and got it ready to fly by morning for the ORI. The reason I told this story is because I don't remember any of the guy's names, but I still recall all of their faces, and I would like to say Thanks Guy's for a Job Well Done ! You will always be a special memmory of my 4 years in the Air Force. If any of you guys that were there, remember me or this story, I would like to hear from you. I'm 67 now and I was 22 then, so some of the guys may not still be around.

Renee, 16.07.2014

I am trying to find information regarding a C119 plane crash in Pyongyang toward the end of the Korean War (1953). I am a social worker and one of my patients rescued some war correspondents that were in that crash (he was in a Air Force plane idling nearby; I am trying to help him find any of the survivors; please email me at renlu92@hotmail.com if you have any information regarding this crash. Thank you!

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