PROVIDER
PROVIDER

Manufacturer

FAIRCHILD

Markings:

U.S. Coast Guard, Miami, Florida, 1972

Designation:

C-123B

Serial Number:

55-4505

FAIRCHILD C-123B PROVIDER

The C-123 began in 1949, as a design for an all-metal cargo glider from Chase Aircraft. It was designed from the beginning to be easily converted to a powered cargo aircraft and the first powered prototype flew in October 1949. Chase Aircraft produced five flight testing aircraft before difficulties within the company resulted in the Air Force canceling the contract with them and turning further development and production of the aircraft over to Fairchild in June 1953. A total of 302 C-123Bs were produced for the U.S. Air Force. In 1960, eight Providers were transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard. They were primarily used for logistics support, but also saw service in search and rescue operations. Two aircraft, including this one, were modified to assist in the development of the LORAN-C navigation system.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 110 ft
  • Length: 75 ft 9 in
  • Height: 34 ft 1 in
  • Weight: 60,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 245 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 29,000 ft
  • Range: 1,470 miles
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W radials, 2,300 horsepower each
  • Crew: 2, 61 troops