‘Flying Boxcar’ rescued
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