‘Fly­ing Box­car’ res­cued

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The sec­ond old­est Fairchild C-119B ‘Fly­ing Box­car’ in ex­is­tence, 48-0352 Am Can Co Spe­cial, was air­borne for the last time in­side a USAF 709th Air­lift Squadron C-5M Su­per Galaxy shortly be­fore Christ­mas when it was moved from Ed­wards AFB, Cal­i­for­nia to the Air Mo­bil­ity Com­mand Mu­seum (AMCM) at Dover AFB, Delaware. This C-119 is the only sur­viv­ing air­craft from a suc­cess­ful Korean War op­er­a­tion that air-dropped mo­bile bridge sec­tions to Marines dur­ing the Bat­tle of Chosin Reser­voir, af­ter Chi­nese forces trapped 30,000 UN troops by de­stroy­ing an evac­u­a­tion route be­tween Koto-ri and Hung­nam.

Con­tin­u­ing with the 911th TCGAT, USAF it was con­verted to a C-119C in 1955/56 be­fore end­ing its 17-year ser­vice in 1966. Af­ter stor­age at MASDC in Ari­zona it was sold to Hemet Valley Fly­ing Ser­vices and reg­is­tered N13746 in March 1975 with fleet num­ber 87. Its reg­is­tra­tion was can­celled in Septem­ber 1992 by which time it had been de­posited at the AFTC Mu­seum at Ed­wards. In Jan­uary 2016 it was put up for auc­tion along with the other C-119s owned by Hemet. With the prospect of be­ing scrapped, it was brought to the at­ten­tion of the AMCM who quickly de­cided to dis­man­tle the ‘Box­car’ and trans­port it by air dur­ing a three-day op­er­a­tion from 16-19 De­cem­ber 2016. Now at Dover AFB work has al­ready be­gun on a full restora­tion back to what it looked like dur­ing the Korean War. www.am­cm­mu­seum.org

Dis­man­tled ‘Fly­ing Box­car’ in­side the C-5M Su­per Galaxy fuse­lage for its flight to Dover AFB

The C-119 at Ed­wards AFB be­fore it was dis­man­tled

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