C-119 “Flying Boxcar”

News, Plane of the Week August 31, 2017

Fairchild C-119G “Flying Boxcar”

RCAF S/N 22107

Crew:                                  Four

Engines:                             Two Wright R-3350-85 Cyclone Twin-row 18 cylinder radials; 3,400 hp each

Wingspan:                         109 ft 4 in

Length:                               86 ft 6 in

Height:                                26 ft 3 in

Weight:                              85,000 lbs loaded

Speed:                                218 mph max

Range:                                1,770 miles

Service Ceiling:                 23,900 ft

Armament:                        None

Cost:                                    $600,000 approximate

Restored to represent the “State of Utah,” once assigned to Hill Air Force Base decades ago, the C-119G located at the Hill Aerospace Museum was manufactured by Fairchild and delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force in December 1954. Serving various bases throughout Canada for more than 20 years, the aircraft was eventually sold to Frank Shelly of Los Angeles, California, in 1967.


Later sold to the forest fire fighting company Hawkins and Powers of Greybull, Wyoming, it was eventually acquired by the Hill Aerospace Museum on November 5, 1985.


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