Fairchild C-119G 'Flying Boxcar'
| William Reynolds
| During the fall of 1962 I had gone to an air-show and had watched the 73rd squadron fly into Scott AFB near Belleville IL. It was exciting and sparked that old feeling that flying gives you when your young.
I began discussing this change with the people out at Scott. In March of 1963, I made the final decision and signed the paperwork to join the 73rd Troop Carrier Squadron, of the 932nd Troop Carrier Wing.
As I had flown F-86 D/L fighters while on active duty in the late 1950’s, flying the C-119G was a totally different experience. Many of the flight crew members were from WWII and all members were very professional in their approach the flying. Teamwork was the word for the day. I was able to complete two years with the 73rd and achieved a left seat qualification.
It might be noted that I was on the flight crew of the C-119J that was taken to the National Air Force Museum at Dayton.
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08/12/2014 @ 19:26 [ref: 68604]
| I remember quite well flying on a C-119G from Indianapolis,IN to Pease Air Force Base at Portsmouth,NH.I was 15 year's old at the time.We were heading to Pease for a week-long Civil Air Patrol encampment with the Indiana,New Hampshire,Rhode Island,and Vermont Wing's of the C.A.P..I remember quite well our take-off from Indy.The pilot held the brake's and reved her up and held the brake's till I thought she'd shake apart and let her go.And go she went!We dodged thunderstorm's all the way to Pease.We looked through the crack's where the "clamshell"door's connected with the rest of the aircraft,and saw nothing but ground and cloud's.A week later,on the trip back to Indiana we had CAVU all the way.I got to sit up on the flight deck for an hour or so with the crew.What a great adventure.Grand ole'bird she was!This was in August 1969.
03/27/2014 @ 16:09 [ref: 68444]
| Dennis Tyra
Merritt Island, FL
| Lived on and near Hamilton AFB, CA in the late '50s and early '60s. There was an Air Force Reserve unit on the base that had C-119s. It was pretty neat to see and hear them take off in the evening on training hops. Sometimes as many as six would launch with those big radial engines roaring and the nav lights flashing into the darkening sky.
10/12/2013 @ 14:17 [ref: 68098]
| George A. Gross
| I was a member of the 11th Abn. Div. and made that flight for Operation Snowbird. I remember those C119's very well as I made all of my jumps from them. I was assigned to SUPPORT CO. 503rd RCT. We were forced to bail out over Ladd Field in Fairbanks when one of the engines caught fire and was shut down. We had to walk on the seats to get to the door as our mortars were blocking the way out. I remember landing on a frozen river and being found by a search party. We were awarded the Army Commendation medal for saving our own lives. The crew of that aircraft then landed that old bird safely. It was a great aircraft.
03/22/2013 @ 11:05 [ref: 67675]
| tony antonacci
| I previously posted some comments about the airplane. I just recently visited the site again only to find that my old airplane may be the one that was restored at Hagerstown. Is the tail number 51-8093?? Please let me know if anyone sees this comment. Thanks.
08/20/2012 @ 07:51 [ref: 66119]
| Jim Mattison
rohnert park, CA
| Yes, it was a helluva good gunship platform. We defied all odds and all detractors. We helped lot of our guys make it home alive; worth every minute of the risk. She was big,slow & overweight; but, once the miniguns opened up, her true beauty was realized. This was a much maligned aircraft; that most definitely went out in a blaze of glory! Ask any VN grunt about the Shadow. Proudly flew 135 missions as Aerial Gunner 68-69 71st/17th Sp Ops Squadrons.
04/23/2011 @ 18:36 [ref: 37551]
| tony antonacci
| I was a crew chief on a c119 for 3 plus years From 1952 - 1956. Participated in Operation Snow Bird in Jan/Feb 1955. Ferried 80 airplanes and paratroopers from Sewart AFB in Tennessee to Elmendorf Air Base in Alaska. Stayed for about 30 days and returned to Tennessee. The operation was a bit of a disaster.
04/19/2011 @ 10:17 [ref: 37525]
| mike nero
chagrin falls, OH
| does anyone have any war stories. I really would like to hear about them if you do. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
05/28/2010 @ 04:01 [ref: 26515]
| Gordon Johnson
| Anyone still out there who may have been crew members of the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron, 483rd Troop Carrier Wing -Ashiya, Japan 1955-57? Like yours truly, age would now be in the 70s. Would love to hear from you and exchange stories of those days - over yonder. Regards and God Bless America. Gordon Johnson - email@example.com
05/01/2010 @ 19:05 [ref: 26120]