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Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

COMBAT CARGO, KOREA - The 314th Troop Carieer Group .C-119 Flying Boxcars do not start out for 'the mountain' unless weather reports are good. They must be able to see the tiny drop zone on the peak before they can drop. But weather is unpredictable in high mountains, that often when the planes arrive, the entire area is 'socked in' with heavy clouds. In radio contact with the 'men on mountains,' the pilots circle hoping for a break in clouds and drop on lower slopes. On several occasions, the planes have had to return to Japan as many as three times without dropping. But 314th Troop Carieer Group pilots are persistent, and eventually win through to drop successfully. 1952.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

 

Fairchild C-119B-10-FA Flying Boxcar (S/N 49-102)

Converted to a C-model sometime in 1955-56.

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Taken on May 24, 2004