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Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Military Transport

The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar was a post WW2 military transport introduced into US service at the end of 1949, production ended in 1955 by which time 1183 C-119 Flying Boxcars had been produced. The main users of the aircraft were the US Air Force, Navy and Marines, once the excellent Lockheed C-130 Transport came into service the aircraft was slowly retired until 1974 when the last Fairchild C-119 was retired from US military service, the last military user of the Flying Boxcar was the Republic of China Air Force who operated their C-119 aircraft until 1995.

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Military Transport Aircraft


It is of note that some of the C-119 Flying Boxcars that were retired and stored in favour of the newer were modified as Gunships and re-designated AC-119K Stingers and AC-119G Shadows to replace the older Douglas AC-47 Spooky, the Lockheed AC-130 was known to be a more suitable Gunship platform but there were not enough available to convert due to the Lockheed C-130 already being heavily committed for use as transports in the theatre.

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Specifications:

  • Crew: 5
  • Capacity: 62 troops or 35 stretchers
  • Payload: 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) of cargo
  • Length: 86 ft 6 in (26.37 m)
  • Wingspan: 109 ft 3 in (33.30 m)
  • Height: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
  • Empty weight: 40,000 lb (18,000 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 64,000 lb (29,000 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 74,000 lb (34,000 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 3,500 hp (2,611 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20 radial engines
  • Maximum speed: 296 mph (257 knots, 450 km/h)
  • Range: 2,280 mi (1,980 nm, 3,670 km)
  • Service ceiling: 23,900 ft (7,290 m)

Fairchild AC-119K Stinger Gunship Conversion Armament:

  • Four GAU-2/A 7.62 mm (0.30 in) miniguns
  • Twin M61 Vulcan 20 mm (0.787 in) 6-barreled Gatling cannon
  • Sixty Mk 24 flares in a LAU-74/A launcher

AC-119K Stinger

AC-119K Stinger Gunship

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