Fairchild C-123B 'Provider'

  Base model:C-123
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport

  Length: 75' 9" 23.0 m
  Height:34' 1" 10.3 m
  Wingspan: 110' 33.5 m
  Wingarea: 1,223.0 sq ft 113.6 sq m
  Empty Weight: 29,900 lb 13,560 kg
  Gross Weight: 71,000 lb 32,199 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W & 2 2850Lb J85-GE
  Horsepower (each): 2300

  Range: 1,470 miles 2,367 km
  Cruise Speed: 205 mph 330 km/h 178 kt
  Max Speed: 245 mph 394 km/h 212 kt
  Climb: 1,150 ft/min 350 m/min
  Ceiling: 29,000 ft 8,838 m

Known serial numbers
52-1627 / 52-1631, 54-0552 / 54-0553, 54-0554, 54-0555 / 54-0558, 54-0559 / 54-0566, 54-0567 / 54-0586 , 54-0587 / 54-0606 , 54-0607 / 54-0626 , 54-0627 / 54-0646 , 54-0647 / 54-0666 , 54-0667 / 54-0686 , 54-0687 / 54-0706 , 54-0707 / 54-0715 , 55-4505 / 55-4524 , 55-4525 / 55-4539 , 55-4540 / 55-4564 , 55-4565 / 55-4569 , 55-4570 / 55-4577 , 56-4355 / 56-4368 , 56-4369 / 56-4380 , 56-4381 / 56-4396 , 57-6185 / 57-6193 , 57-6194 / 57-6202 , 57-6289 / 57-6294

Examples of this type may be found at
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
Olympic Flight MuseumOlympiaWashington
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

C-123B on display

Olympic Flight Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Warren Bailey Jr
 Tacoma, WA
I was a loadmaster on the C-123B&K at England AFB,La from Feb 66 to Oct 68 when I went to Nam on AC-47's. I loved the time I spent on that plane. My squadron was selected to do the ferry trips bringing the B model back to the states to be upgraded and returning the K model back. We only went as far as the Philippines. I made two ferry runs. Brought a B back the first time; took 23 days round trip. We were sent home from Clark AB on a commercial flight the second trip and were gone 28 days.Spent 5 days in California waiting for the winds to die enough to make Hawaii.
We had an early B model which had a Fulton Recovery System installed and it was a blast to sit at the end of a tether on the open ramp observing the scenery go by 500 feet below.
I really enjoyed that time and would really enjoy one more flight on the old bird.
12/01/2014 @ 14:46 [ref: 68795]
 Graska David
 Redding Ca, CA
Didn't have much to do this morning so I checked some serial numbers that I hadn't thought of in some time. I crewed the newest C-123 made which was 57-6294 and also my favorite 54-660. When I checked in the first name that had made comments I didn't recognize but I did know a number of the people he spoke of. I checked into Nha Trang in June of 67 and also made the move to Phang rang"happy valley" yah, right sure thing there sparky. I also went back in 72 and bumped into my old friend 660 sitting on the ramp at Camh Rhan bay. I had always wondered why these Providers came back so beat up until they put me on hazardous duty,the answer came quickly !
08/09/2014 @ 07:50 [ref: 68594]
 William Metz
 Warner Robins, GA
I was in the 310th ACS at Nha-Trang '67. We moved down to Phan-Rang in about July (I think). Hadn't thought about them in quite a while. Remember some of the guys and their names. Colbert, Sharkey, Dietz( Boom-Boom)long story. Brock Tsgt Williams, Sgt Barbee. At Phan-Rang, we had the scroungingest little line chief in the USAF. That guy could get anything we needed. If it was available ,,, he could get it. We had A/C in our line shack,,, water coolers. Taught me all I knew about scrounging. Came in good use in later years. Think his last name was Fayed. Barbara McNair (singer), Hugh Obrian, Nancy Sinatra came while I was at Nah-Trang. There was a guy from Boston named Haymes(spelling?).If he was talking behind you , or you closed your eyes while he was talking,,,, you'd swear it was Pres. Kennedy. Hard Boston accent!! There was Bales,, we called him "Magnet Ass". After he got checked out( flight mech.) the first 4-5 times he went out the plane he was in took hits, every time, right off the bat. Gatlin,Kornagay. We had some close calls( butt tighteners). Just writing this is bringing back a flood of memories. To many to put here. There is also one on display at Dover AFB, Del. It is one from the 310th,,,, marked "WM". Any 310th'ers out there '67-68. Drop me a line. I'll probably remember more guys after I sign off.
06/24/2013 @ 06:45 [ref: 67905]
 Rick DiMatteo
 , MA
I've never really looked for my old squadron, the 311th TAS in DaNang Jan. 1970-- Dec. 1970 I was a flight line mechanic on 123s Our rivetments were right next to an empty bomb dump and the Navy compound. I remember Tsgt. Smiley. Sgt. Ryals.. I remember smoking a joint with our pilots who used to say it was great to fly through mountain passes just over the trees stoned.. They were brilliant pilots.. I was an E-4 living across from the main aerial port.
Hope this note finds anybody who can relate to the 311th TAS to be happy healthy and properous
06/20/2012 @ 13:58 [ref: 60683]
 Gary Zornes
 Grayson, KY
I was in the 355th out of Rickrenbacker Columbus Ohio great airplane did not have much flying time the airplane was being moth balled and c130 was comming in.I transfered to the C-141 at Charleston SC still have great memories.
05/30/2011 @ 14:37 [ref: 38892]
 Ray Merritt
 , VA
Please check out our website dedicated to the Provider at www.c123sinsea.org. There will be a reunion of Provider crews in Hampton VA in May 2010.
05/05/2010 @ 17:10 [ref: 26134]
 wayne p stewart
 gig harbor, WA
just found a few buddies from the 311th s.o.s. that were with me at da nang .... 1969 thru 1970 ... james a young , mike friesel , both loadmasters , and ed zakareckis , flight engineer .... some moments we had !! ... i used to have a photo of the nose , with a 3 ft groove , 2 in wide , where we whacked a piece of bamboo , at the end of our take-off roll .... i think it was the same muddy , very, very ,minimum ' RUNWAY " maybe
where we went around , after we
"allmost" forgot to put the gear down and pin it !! wing tips allmost in the bushes !! remember the PUNCTURED PROVIDER AWARD ? .. i have blanket flight orders from the "OLAA 311th SpOpsSq " signed by john c morrison , lt. col. dated 23 july 69 .... absolutly the loudest "anything " , i have ever been on !! .... still have the "RATS" ( ROCKET ALLEY TRANSPORT SERVICE " ) pin !! that aircraft could certainly , still jump into the air , even when WAAAAY out of C.G. balance .... nice site ... just ran into it by chance ... hope all is well . welcome home , and feel free to get in touch
04/25/2010 @ 15:39 [ref: 26083]
 JC Masura
 Puyallup, WA
I loved flying the C-123K with the 310th at Phang rang AB. Glad to see that one is local. I'll have to drop by sometime and check her out.
02/18/2009 @ 11:55 [ref: 23756]
 Thomas E. \'andy\' Anderson
 Brunswick, GA
I flew Bookies in the 310th SOS at Phan Rang from April, 1969 - April, 1970. I checked out as a type 1 pilot with
Tom Reiter, who has a note above. Tom was the IP and
when he showed me that I had gotten a downdraft and landed
maybe 5 feet down the runway at Gia Nghia, I looked over at
him, I guess, with eyes as big as silver dollars. He signed me off for type 1; a good decision, I guess, because I didn't land short in my tour.
Later at Gia Nghia, after offloading cargo, the right jet wouldn't start. I got phone patches on a series of Army bricks back to the squadron and told them we couldn't make it off.
The Squadron Commander said he thought we could. I appreciated his faith in us, but on page 1A1-26, as I recall, we entered with 6000 feet pressure altitude, the assumed temperature, gross weight, etc., and we needed about 300 feet more runway than was there. Of course, they were afraid the airplane wouldn't survive the night, so they talked us into it. We even threw out our Dash 1's and aluminum ladder. 'Hermy' was in the background, and said, 'Hey, Andy, I get your guitar!'. We backed until our tires touched the tip of the runway, set the max power, and kind of went off the opposite (takeoff) end with a mush, lowered the nose, got 130 KIAS, cranked in rudder trim, accelerated the good jet, and went up, up and away, over the mountain to the northeast that was slightly higher. I can still feel how good it felt to be climbing. I still have a poncho liner. I was happy to fly Boeing aircraft the rest of my career, because, when a Boeing loses a system, it grows a new one. But there is still nothing in the inventory that can do what the Bookie did.
12/10/2008 @ 10:48 [ref: 23240]
 John Limbach
 Billings, MT
I was a loadmaster on C-123B and C-123K from 1967-1968 with the 19th Air Commando Squadron at Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN. We were the first squadron to transistion for the "B" to the "K". As I recall, our routine battle damage during takeoff declined immediately by 80% or so. In the "B", you could get off the ground in fairly short order but with a good load of cargo on board it had barely any climb performance at all. The result was that you were struggling along in ground effect for several miles, wings level, trying to build up enough airspeed to turn and/or climb. Needless to say, the bad guys had a field day punching holes in the old "Spam Can". The "K" was a totally different kettle of fish. The addition of the two J-85 jets gave it almost double the power of just the two recips. The net result was that you could honk it off about 70 Kts, roll it up into a 45-60 degree bank and climb out over the runway at 1,000 / 1,500 feet per minute. Needless to say, we aircrews ADORED the "K" model. Overall, the C-123 was the best machine for the mission over there. At least off the paved runways, or off the runways for that matter. I can remember running assault operations into wide spots (50') of dirt roads and landing in a jungle clearing in Cambodia in 1967 (yes, I know we weren't "there" then, but that's another whole story). Not a more reliable or tougher machine out there.

I spent 25 years in the Air Force as a loadmaster on C-119, C-123, C-124, and C-130s and am still flying today as a loadmaster and occasional copilot on a C-130A. If you're interested in some of the things we're doing with it, have a look at this site: www.1370th.org/rc130/512/512.htm
I can honestly say that if I had to fly in combat again I would choose the C-123 for many reasons.

John Limbach
CMSgt USAF (Ret'd.)
06/21/2008 @ 09:19 [ref: 21568]


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