Fairchild C-82A Packet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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