Fairchild C-82 Packet

The Military and Civil History

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About the Book

Originally designed as a cargo and paratroop transport during World War II, the Fairchild C-82 Packet is today mainly remembered for its starring role in the Hollywood film The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). Its ungainly appearance earned it the nickname “the flying boxcar” but the aircraft was the first to achieve practical end-loading and aerial delivery of cargoes. Its outsized capacity served the U.S. military’s needs for more than ten years—civilian operators flew it in remote locations like Alaska and South America for a further three decades. This book provides a comprehensive history of the C-82, detailing each of the 224 aircraft built, with technical diagrams, multiple appendices and more than 200 photos.

About the Author(s)

Simon D. Beck has had a lifelong passion for aviation history, both military and civil. Living in Christchurch, New Zealand, he has written a previous book about aviation films and penned many aviation articles.

Bibliographic Details

Simon D. Beck
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 324
Bibliographic Info: 208 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6975-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2864-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Abbreviations 3

Introduction: C-⁠82 Development History 5

Section One

The Airplane 17

Mission 24

Specifications 27

Serial Number List 29

Variants 32

Steward-Davis ­Jet-Packet 41

Jet-Packet Variants 53

The Flight of the Phoenix 57

Section Two

Military Operators 71

Section Three

Civil Operators/Owners 111

Section Four

Production Histories 150

Appendix I: Civil Registration to Serial Number Cross-References 291

Appendix II: C-⁠82 Retirement Bases/Civil Sales and NACA Assignments 294

Appendix III: Unknown Identities and Dispositions 299

Appendix IV: Conversions and Unique Packets 301

Appendix V: Attrition 303

Appendix VI: Accidents 304

Appendix VII: Existing Aircraft 308

Appendix VIII: Civil C-⁠82A Checklist 309

Postscript: Sebring C-82 Packets 312

Bibliography 313

Index 315