AIR FORCE/MILITARY HISTORY
C-119G Flying Boxcar
The Flying Boxcar was developed by Fairchild in the 1940s as a specialized military freight aircraft for the U.S. Army. From the 1940s and into the late 1960s, the C-119 was modified and redesigned as new technologies and uses evolved. Our boxcar is a G, the last major production model, powered with Wright R-3350 engines. Four hundred eighty-four were built. It was used by the Royal Canadian Air Force, as a fire bomber by Hawkins & Powers Aviation, and in the Richard Dreyfuss movie Always.
The C-119 Flying Boxcar, developed from the Fairchild C-82 Packet, was a twin-engine, twin-boom, twin-tail transport designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute (utilizing its “clamshell” cargo doors at the rear of the cabin).