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Fairchild C-123 Provider

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The Aircraft

In 1943, the Chase Aircraft Company was founded to design and produce a heavy assault glider for the U.S. Army.  Five YCG-18A models were built one of which was converted to a YC-122 transport with the addition of two wing mounted radial engines.

A larger glider (designated the XCG-20) was designed and redesignated the XC-123 when powered by two R-2800 engines.  This 

prototype Provider first flew in 1949.

In 1953 Chase was acquired by Kaiser-Frazer Corporation and the development/production contract was awarded to Fairchild.  Over 300 were built and delivered the the U.S. Air Force, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.  At least one squadron served with the U.S. Air Force Reserve as late as 1982.

Specifications (C-123B)





Type: Transport
Engines: two 2,300 hp (1715 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial piston engines
CG-20: Cargo Glider version
C-123: Transport version
C-123K: redesignation after installation of two J85-GE-17 turbojets.

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