Kit #AA2118. 1/72 scale resin kit. This is a
highly-detailed resin kit of the Fairchild C-82A
Packet Plane, complete with decals.
Designed to succeed the WWII-era C-46 and
C-47 transports, the Fairchild C-82A
Packet Plane was the first twin-boomed transport aircraft. It was the
direct forerunner to the C-119, which was created to overcome the problems the C-82
experienced once it went operational. Including prototypes and three built by
North American Aviation before its contract was canceled in the draw-down after
World War II, there were 224 C-82 variants manufactured. Two military aircraft were later converted to
other versions, including one to test tracked landing gear and one to test the
R-4360 radial engine intended for the C-119.
Thirteen civilian aircraft were later converted, most of them by adding
roof-mounted booster jet engines to help address the plane’s chronic lack of
power during take-off.
The aircraft was designed for a number of
roles, including cargo carrier, troop transport, parachute drop, medical
evacuation, and glider towing. It was designed to carry 42 troops, or 34
stretchers, or equivalent cargo. There
were issues with the C-82 being chronically-underpowered – it’s two Pratt &
Whitney R-2800-85 radials generated 2,100 horsepower each, enough for a decent
cruise speed but not enough to ensure decent short-field take-offs. In
addition, the airframe, as designed, proved inadequate for the military’s heavy
lifting requirements. As a result, its
military career was short – in and out in nine years.
The dramatically redesigned aircraft –
produced as the XC-82B – overcame all these deficiencies. The result became
known as the C-119 Flying Boxcar. After the C-82A aircraft became surplus, some
of the aircraft were sold to civilian operators in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and
the United States. A C-82 played a starring role in the 1965 film "Flight
of the Phoenix,” starring Jimmy Stewart.