Category:Fairchild C-82 Packet

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Fairchild C-82A Packet seen in The Flight of the Phoenix.


The C-82 Packet was a twin-engine, twin-boom cargo aircraft designed and built by Fairchild Aircraft. It was used briefly by the United States Army Air Forces and United States Navy following World War II. It was designed for a number of roles, including cargo carrier, troop transport, ambulance airplane and glider tow. The single prototype first flew on 10 September 1944. Problems surfaced almost immediately as the aircraft was found to be underpowered and its airframe inadequate for the heavy lifting it was designed to perform. In the end only 223 C-82A would be built, a very small number for a production cargo aircraft of that era. During its brief operational life several C-82 Packets were utilized during the Berlin Airlift, primarily bringing large disassembled vehicles into the city. Though itself unsuccessful, the C-82A is best considered as an early development stage of the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar. The C-82A saw limited production before replaced by the Flying Boxcar. A total of 53 C-82As were procured by the United States Navy as the Fairchild R2Q-1, though they too were quickly replaced by the Navy version of the C-119B Flying Boxcar.


This page lists all films that feature a variation of the Fairchild C-82 Packet.

See also