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.
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; thjree N-models were completed prior to war's end cancelling the supplemental production.
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.
Boneyard Almanac: 20th Century Picture Book by Del Laughery p.13: photo of C-82A 44-23033 *
"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
J.P. Wood Aircraft Nose Art 80 Years of Aviation Artwork p.44: color close up showing C-82 Nose for News
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