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Fairchild C-82 Packet walkaround — one of two

12 October 2015

47° 07′ 54″ N /  122° 28′ 58″ W

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A Packet — photo by Joseph May

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.

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A unit symbol Packet — photo by Joseph May

C-82 Packet pilot station — USAF photo

C-82 Packet pilot station — USAF photo

C-82 Packet copilot station — USAF photo

C-82 Packet copilot station — USAF photo

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A Packet easy access loading — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A Packet clamshell door — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82 Packet — photo by Joseph May

Fairchild C-82A Packet rear perspective — photo by Joseph May

This Packet is displayed at the Heritage Park locale of the McChord Air Museum and the next post finishes the walkaround 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 October 2015 08:38

    My father worked on these and got annoyed when they were confused with C-119s. 🙂

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      12 October 2015 11:02

      I’ve been guilty of that!

      Thanks for the smile and word of your father’s work on them.

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