C-82 Packet walk around

The first of Fairchild’s “flying boxcars” the C-82 Packet was among the first transports to be designed from the start for military work, rather than being a derivative of an airliner. The C-82’s high-mounted wing and rear, truck level clamshell doors for loading greatly facilitated tactical operations. Although the end of WWII meant that a drastic cutback in C-82 production, it did directly lead to the more powerful C-119.

C-82 Packet picture at NMUSAF

The NMUSAF’s Fairchild C-82 Packet, seen in the facility’s new Global Reach gallery

C-82 Packet engine

Had WWII continued longer than it did, the C-82 would have had a wider operational career, as North American was contracted to build nearly 800 examples as C-82Ns; three N-models were completed prior to war’s end cancelling the supplemental production.

Fairchild C-82 Packet picture

The “Flying Boxcar” nickname that would attach itself to both the C-82 and its C-119 descendant owed to the fact that the cargo hold had approximately the same volume as railroad boxcars of the day.

C-82 Bibliography:
“C-82 Eyed as New Post-War Contender” Aviation September 18, 1944 p.13

Irving Stone “Design Analysis of the Fairchild C-82 Packet, Part 1” Aviation August 1945 Includes a three-view and extensive structural drawings.

Photo: rear view of a C-82 being loaded with air mail Aviation News April 1, 1946 front cover

Electrol ad, with a picture of the C-82 tracked landing gear demonstrator Aviation Week December 6, 1948 p.3

“Turbojets Aid C-82 Performance” Aviation Week May 13, 1957 p.66 Photo of Stewart-Davis N5095V and TWA aircraft.

Howard Carter “Send in the Jet Packet!” Warbirds International October/November 2014 Post-military career of civilian Packets fitted with the dorsal J30 turbojet booster modification.

Graham Robson   Abandoned and Forsaken Aeroplanes  color shot of C-82 44-23033

 

Review: American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941-1961

 

ORIGINAL VINTAGE C-82 AD