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Fairchild C-82 Packet


Airlift experience during World War II demonstrated the need for a large-capacity cargo aircraft that could be loaded from ground level, and Fairchild designed the C-82 Packet to meet the U.S. Army Air Forces’ requirements. The prototype first flew in September 1944, and deliveries began in late 1945. By the time production ended in September 1948, Fairchild had built 223 Packets. All but four were C-82A models.

Named for the packet ships that hauled cargo between coastal seaports, the C-82 included design elements now seen on most modern cargo aircraft. The tricycle landing gear, high wings and high tail booms allowed vehicles to approach the C-82 from any side, unlike the other USAAF transport aircraft that loaded only from the side. Its large rear doors opened like a clamshell, which made loading easier.

Used primarily for transporting cargo and troops, the C-82 could also carry 41 paratroops or 34 stretchers, and it could tow gliders. Beginning in 1946, some C-82s were assigned to Tactical Air Command troop carrier squadrons and others to the Military Air Transport Service. Several C-82s took part in the Berlin Airlift.

The C-82A on display flew with the Alaskan Air Command in the 1950s, and it carries the red Arctic markings used for high visibility. It was flown to the museum in 1988. 

TECHNCAL NOTES:
Crew: Five
Armament: None
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-85s of 2,100 hp each
Maximum speed: 250 mph
Range: 2,140 miles
Ceiling: 27,000 feet
Wingspan: 106 ft, 6 in
Length: 77 feet, 1 inches
Height: 26 feet, 4 inches
Weight: 54,000 lbs .loaded
Serial number: 48-581

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