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Fairchild C-123 Provider Military Transport

The C-123 Provider was originally designed by Chase Aircraft as an assault glider aircraft for the USAF but ended up being built as a transport aircraft by Fairchild Aircraft by adding twin engines. The C-123 Provider first flew in October 1949, initially powered by twin Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB-15 air-cooled radial piston engines, and later as the C-123A Provider powered by twin General Electric J47-GE-11 turbojets as used on the Boeing B-47 Stratojet.

Fairchild C-123 Provider Military Transport Aircraft


The C-123 Provider served with the USAF until the end of the Vietnam War at which time they were replaced by the C-130 Hercules and transferred to the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard where they served until the mid 1980's.

C-123k Provider Specifications:

  • Crew: 4
  • Capacity: 62 passengers
  • Length: 76.25 ft (23.92 m)
  • Wingspan: 110 ft (33.53 m)
  • Height: 34 ft (10.36 m)
  • Loaded weight: 60,000 lb (27,000 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 2,300 hp (1,715 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W "Double Wasp" 18-cylinder radial engines and two under-wing J85 booster engines
  • Maximum speed: 228 mph (198 knots, 367 km/h) with J85-GE-17 booster engines
  • Range: 1,035 mi (899 nm, 1,666 km)
  • Service ceiling: 29,000 ft (8,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,150 ft/min (5.8 m/s) without J85-GE-17 booster engines

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