Aviation Photo #1309846 Fairchild C-119J Flying Boxcar - USA - Air Force

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This C-119J was specially modified for the mid-air retrieval of camaras carried by baloons launched in Europe to photograph Russia. Ref. "The Moby Dick Project" by Curtis Peebles. Also used to recover space capsules re-entering the atmosphere from orbit. On Aug. 19, 1960, this aircraft made the world's first midair recovery of a capsule returning from orbit when it 'snagged' the parachute lowering the Discoverer XIV satellite at 8,000 feet altitude, 360 miles southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii.
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    Fairchild C-119J Flying Boxcar
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    Fairchild C-119/R4Q Flying Boxcar
    Fairchild
    10915
    51-8037
    Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB (Wright AFB)
    Ohio
    USA
    June 26, 2007
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