Usn / Usmc Fairchlid R4Q, C-119 Packet, Flying Boxcar

Usn / Usmc Fairchlid R4Q, C-119 Packet, Flying Boxcar

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  • Product code:NF117
  • Brand:Naval Fighters
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Naval Fighters - Usn / Usmc Fairchlid R4Q, C-119 'Packet', 'Flying Boxcar'

By Nicholas M. Williams

72-pages, 140 b&w photos, 5 color photos, 22-patches, and 19 drawings.

In 1949 the US Navy was looking for a tactical assault transport for its Marine Corps units and arrangements were made to divert 8 off the shelf C-119Bs from the USAF to the USMC. These 8 aircraft and the 31 C-119Cs that followed were designated R4Q-1s. A small number of these R4Q-1s were operated in Korea during the war before they were replaced by upgraded R4Q-2s/C-119Fs of which 58 were acquired. The R4Q-2s were later retrofitted with a nose mounted weather radar.

The R4Q/C-119 were twin engine, twin boom transport / paratrooper aircraft equiped with a 36 ft 11 in long, 9 ft 2 in wide, 9 ft 10 in high cargo fuselage with clamshell aft facing doors capable of loading artillery or small vehicles. As a transport, 42 troops could be carried or 35 liters could be used. The main difference between the R4Q-1 and R4Q-2 were the engines used. The R4Q-1/C-119C used the R-4360 and the R4Q-2/C-119F used the R-3350.

The R4Q/C-119 was a follow-on design of the C-82 and was operated into 1972.