Aviation Photo #2144978: Fairchild XC-120 Pack Plane - USA - Air Force


Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • RAScholefield Collection
    USA - Air Force
    Fairchild XC-120 Pack Plane
    Fairchild XC-120 Pack Plane
    Fairchild XC-120 Pack Plane
    8001
    48-330
    Hagerstown - Washington County
    Maryland
    USA
    1950
  • 187

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#2144978
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August 10, 2012
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Converted from C-119B 48-330 c/n 10312 to become the sole XC-120 Pack Plane. Most of the lower fuselage removed and additional forward undercarriage added to replace the nosewheel. The pack is being rolled into position. From Fairchild 60 years ago.
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Comments (6)

Anonymous
4 years ago
A very interesting design. I'd be worried about the latches holding the pack failing in flight though.
This got me to thinking; with the prevalence of standardized container shipping nowadays I'm surprised there hasn't been a cargo plane designed specifically to carry them, seeing as how entire ships and trains are designed for them. A plane with inter-modal containers could offload directly onto waiting trucks and speed delivery of their goods.
Anonymous
4 years ago
WOW!!! I've never seen this plane before! Good idea!!! True intermodal transport.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Now that is something unique!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great to know about this rare and unique a/c. thanks for sharing
Anonymous
4 years ago
Thunderbird 2 anyone? ;)
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Anonymous
4 years ago
The reason no one has designed a plane to carry standard shipping containers is that they weigh a ton, actually more than 4 tons. They're heavy steel construction designed to withstand years of abuse on trucks and ships and while slung around by cranes. A standard 40-foot inter-modal shipping container's empty weight is 3800 kg (8,380 lbs). Standard air carrier LD-3 containers are made of thin aluminum and weigh 80 kg (176 lbs) each.

You do the math. :-)