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Fairchild C-123 Provider
    The "Provider" is a short-range assault transport used to airlift troops and cargo onto short runways and unprepared airstrips. Designed by the Chase Aircraft Co., the C-123 evolved from earlier designs for large assault gliders. The first prototype XC-123 made its initial flight on October 14, 1949, powered by two piston engines. A second prototype was built as the XG-20 glider. It was later test-flown, powered by four jet engines. The production version, with two piston engines, was designated the C-123B. Chase began manufacture in 1953, but the production contract was transferred to Fairchild. The first of more than 300 Fairchild-built C-123Bs entered service in July 1955. Between 1966 and 1969, 184 C-123Bs were converted to C-123Ks by adding two J85 jet engines for improved performance.
     The C-123B weighed 35,000 lb. empty, and accommodated 62 fully-equipped troops or a large variety of vehicles and weapons. It could be quickly converted to a 50-litter medical evacuation transport. The aircraft's ability to operate from short, minimally-prepared landing strips soon attracted the attention of the Strategic Air Command. This large organization needed an aircraft to support their northern snow-bound bases and sites. SAC operated more than 60 different Providers between 1958 and 1966. Many of these were returned to Fairchild at the end of their SAC tour. 

C-123 Provider
Standard Series.  1/72nd scale.  18.5" wingspan x 12.75" long.
  No. AFC6D-ST.  Only $139.95
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