PACKET
PACKET

Manufacturer

FAIRCHILD

Markings:

7th Geodic Squadron, 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Group, Forbes AFB, Kansas, 1949

Designation:

C-82A

Registration:

N6997C

Serial Number:

44-23006

FAIRCHILD C-82A PACKET

Designed in 1941 in response to an Army Air Force requirement for a new cargo plane capable of ground-level loading, paratroop operations, and glider towing, the C-82 incorporated a number of innovations that have become standard in military cargo aircraft. These include rear loading doors, a high wing, and an unobstructed cargo area. The rear passenger doors allowed the easy dropping of paratroopers and the removal of the rear clamshell doors allowed the dropping of larger cargos and vehicles. The C-82 first flew in September 1944 and over 220 had been delivered when production ended in 1948.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 106 ft, 5 in
  • Length: 77 ft 1 in
  • Height: 26 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 54,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 248 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 21,200 ft
  • Range: 3,875 miles
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-85 radials, 2,100 hp each
  • Crew: 4, 44-81 passengers