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Steward-Davis/Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar

By Htam

2018_TAM_3430_D500_AuroraHDR2018.jpg@ Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

March 2018

Spotted this unique aircraft in one of the storage areas of the impressive Pima Air & Space Museum.  This is a Flying Boxcar with a distinctive single jet engine mounted on top. This aircraft was used by Hemet Valley Flying Service as a firefighting air tanker and had the Steward-Davis “Jet Pak” modification, allowing for higher payload capacity.  After a series of crashes, the U.S. C-119 air tanker fleet was permanently grounded in 1987. The C-119 first flew in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built.  Nikon D500 w/18-200 mm.

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