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

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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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5 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.
5 years ago
WOW!!! I've never seen this plane before! Good idea!!! True intermodal transport.
5 years ago
Now that is something unique!
5 years ago
Great to know about this rare and unique a/c. thanks for sharing
5 years ago
Thunderbird 2 anyone? ;)
South Carolina, USA
5 months ago
It may have inspired the design. Jerry Anderson's shows used several craft with detachable cargo/passenger pods.
5 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. :-)

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