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Anigrand #AA2118 1/72 Fairchild C-82 Packet Plane



 
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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.

1965 "Flight of the Phoenix" Theatrical Trailer

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