February 15, 2017 -- Flying Boxcar
Found this old C-119 'Flying Boxcar' in a little-known museum dedicated to planes used in Aerial Firefighting (aka Fire Bombers) -- located in the small town of Greybull, Wyoming. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/14707
The Fairchild C-119 is also known as the "Flying Boxcar" because it can hold the same weight as a railroad boxcar. The C-119 evolved from the C-82 Packet built by Fairchild during WWII. The first C-119 prototype flew in 1947 and deliveries began in 1949 with a total of 1,184 aircraft being built. The C-119 saw extensive action in Korea and Vietnam for the US, and were used mainly for hauling cargo and troops. Many C-119s were provided to other nations as part of the Military Assistance Program, which included the Royal Canadian Air Force. After its retirement from active duty many C-119s soldiered on in the U.S. National Guard until the mid-1970s. The two C-119s in the museum were purchased by Hawkins and Powers in the 1970s. Hawkins and Powers used tanker 136, with the jet on top, for firefighting and the other C-119 was used for aerial spraying, movie making and cargo hauling. The two C-119s in the museum are on loan from the U.S. Forest Service.
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