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Fairchild C-119F-FA Flying Boxcar O-18037

Fairchild C-119F-FA Flying Boxcar O-18037


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Fairchild C-119F-FA Flying Boxcar O-18037

Fairchild C-119F-FA Flying Boxcar O-18037 (msn 10915, 51-8037), at Wright Field, Wright-Patterson AFB, for display at the Air Force Museum, with Boeing KB-50J 49-0389. Delivered on 2 June 1953 to USAF as C-119F. Assigned to 456th Troop Carrier and returned to Fairchild for modification as a recovery aircraft for Discoverer reconnaissance satellite film return capsules, in 1958. The world's first mid-air recovery of a capsule return from a satellite was carried out by this aircraft on 19 August 1960, when the capsule from Discoverer XiV was recovered at 8, 000 feet altitude, 360 miles south-west of Honolulu, Hawaii. After further service in the USAF Reserve O-18037 was flown to the Air Force Museum at Wright Field, Wright-Patterson AFB, in November 1963. Date: circa 1965

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© The Peter Butt Aviation Collection / Mary Evans

1953 1958 1960 1963 1965 Altitude Assigned Boeing Boxcar Capsule Carried Carrier Delivered Discoverer Fairchild Feet Flown Hawaii Honolulu Mid Air Miles Modification Reconnaissance Recovered Recovery Reserve Return Returned Satellite South West Troop Usaf Worlds Wright Wright Patterson


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