Fairchild C-123B Provider

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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