Fairchild C-82 Packet walkaround — one of two
47° 07′ 54″ N / 122° 28′ 58″ W
A 1941 design which was a paradigm change still seen today in cargo aircraft. No longer conventionally geared with a tailwheel and with an onboard cargo ramp. A level floor, low to the ground and able to easily load vehicles — all a leap ahead in air cargo transport. The high mounted empennage especially welcomed loading of vehicles and use of front loaders. The Packet could also deliver paratroops with the rear clamshell cargo doors removed which enabled them to jump more quickly resulting is less dispersal when on the ground. Fairchild improved the design resulting in the C-119 Flying Boxcar which is the ultimate twin boom cargo aircraft.
Naturally, many see the C-82 Packet as the star of the 1965 film, The Flight of the Phoenix.
This Packet is displayed at the Heritage Park locale of the McChord Air Museum and the next post finishes the walkaround 🙂