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Fairchild R4Q-2 (C-119F) 'Flying Boxcar'

Description
  Manufacturer:Fairchild
  Base model:R4Q
  Designation:R4Q
  Version:-2
  Nickname:Flying Boxcar
  Equivalent to: C-119F
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1931-1962
  Basic role:Transport
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Specifications
Not Yet Available

Known serial numbers
51-2586, 51-2668 / 51-2686, 51-2687 / 51-2689, 51-7968 / 51-8052, 51-8098 / 51-8168, 51-8169 / 51-8232

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
McClellan Aviation MuseumMcClellan AFBCalifornia
Mid-Atlantic Air MuseumReadingPennsylvania

C-119F on display

Hill Aerospace Museum

McClellan Aviation Museum

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
  


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Joan Darby Chapin Herrick
 Merritt Island, FL

My first husband Bill Darby died on March 6, 1959 and my ex-husband Howard (Pappy) Chapin died on March 6, 2013. They had both been in VMGR 252. Pappy and I were divorced in the '70s and he married a girl named Joan.
Jim Clark mentions Capt. Galloway. I was at the Galloways home on NC base being consoled by Shirley. She called her husband and told him of the accident.
In spite of troubles,I enjoyed being a military wife. "The stroke of a pen": Congress later took away the DIC compensation I had been awarded even though at one point I was entitled to it and agreed to that instead of a lump sum.

03/09/2014 @ 15:41 [ref: 68410]
 Joan Darby Chapin Herrick
 Merritt Island, FL

My first husband Bill Darby died on March 6, 1959 and my ex-husband Howard (Pappy) Chapin died on March 6, 2013. They had both been in VMGR 252. Pappy and I were divorced in the '70s and he married a girl named Joan.
Jim Clark mentions Capt. Galloway. I was at the Galloways home on NC base being consoled by Shirley. She called her husband and told him of the accident.
In spite of troubles,I enjoyed being a military wife. "The stroke of a pen": Congress later took away the DIC compensation I had been awarded even though at one point I was entitled to it and agreed to that instead of a lump sum.

03/09/2014 @ 15:40 [ref: 68409]
 Mary Williams Minium
 Stockton, CA
My husband, Sgt. James A. Williams, USMC,was on the R4Q that collided with another aircraft off of Naha, Okinawa, March 7, 1955. I never received very much information on what the actual circumstances were concerning the accident other than that they were coming in to land and collided with another aircraft. It was a terrible shock and I have never really gotten over it. But I had a 2 year old son to raise and even though you don't believe it will, life does go on. I still think of him every day.
10/14/2013 @ 10:41 [ref: 68102]
 William (Bill) Harold Russell
 Mililani Town, HI
As a Marine First Lt. and pilot, I flew the R4Q-2 in 1959 and 1960 at MCAS (or MCAF) Iwakuni, Japan near Hiroshima. I left the Corps in April or may 1960. I was married that October in Washington D.C., and held various jobs in D.C. & Annapolis (ARINC, Airlines Communications Co.), eventually working for the Secret Service, Hdq., D.C. for about ten years, under three presidents, then with NSA, Ft. Meade Md. also for about 10 years. Looking for any of my Marine and other friends or acquaintances. I am now 81 Y O, and in good health. My Wife, Patti, a retired public school teacher (Annapolis) is also still living. I have two children, a Son in Annapolis, a medical doctor, and a Daughter, working for UVA and living in Va. Anyone serving with me in the Marines or elsewhere is invited to stop by for a visit, when visiting Oahu, Hawaii. My address and home phone number are in the Honolulu telephone directory.
09/20/2013 @ 17:21 [ref: 68073]
 Jim Clark
 Windermere, FL
I served as a navigator on R4Q-2's from 1959 to 1961 when we surveyed them for the GV-1's.
We had a lot of great RON's in the Caribbean and the Mediteranean but lost the Port Layutey detachment in late 1960 when we transfered three of the Q's to the Navy.
Only major problem encountered with the Q during this period was an electrical fire after takeoff at Argentia in the middle of the night. The pilot, Capt. Galloway did a marvelous job of landing with only flashlights in the cockpit.
Often when flying in the northern latitudes the Q exhibited a tendency to attract St. Elmo's Fire and periodically a red ball of energy would run down the window rails and knock out our loran or radar unit if it was on.
Great fun with a sturdy bird. Semper Fi
07/24/2013 @ 11:11 [ref: 67963]
 Joan Darby Herrick
 Merritt Island, FL
Bill Darby was my husband who was killed on March 6,1959 in that R4Q flight at Cherry Point. I remember that there was one survivor. I had been sitting in the operations office eagerly awaiting Bill's arrival. A call came from Norfolk that the weather was terrible and they were thinking of laying over until the next day. As a new bride, I encouraged Bill to fly in and then it crashed. a "pounding wind storm". I blamed myself for many years and then eventually went to North Carolina looking for old houses that would have been there in 1959. I found one. The man said that the plane had crashed right across the street from him. He said there was a second plane that the passengers could have taken and some did. That helped me feel a little better. I remember that there was one survivor...a Sgt. Mauro from Hamden, Connecticut. Life is interesting. Now I read that he lives in Vero Beach, not too far from me in Merritt Island. Things like this stay with you for a life time. God bless all aboard. Joan Darby Herrick
06/20/2013 @ 13:35 [ref: 67899]
 James Driscoll
 Portland, OR
I served in the Marines 55-59. In 1958 I was an Electronics Tech. with H&MS 12 MAG 12 !st MAW at Iwakuni. Japan. I was asked to help setup an ARC-27 radio relay and then to deploy to SUBIC Bay as part of the maneuvers. Upon return I loaded on the C-119 Reg # 128741 but then was asked to deplane to fix other gear. That plane was the one that crashed into a AD-6 at Naha on March 7, 1958. All 26 Marines were lost. I reached the radio operator Ed Bowers who was supposed to be on that flight but was State Side at the time. I suffer late onset PTSD which is verified by the VA Mental Health. But, since it was the COLD WAR it does not count.
My email: jimdriscoll51@gmail.com
02/10/2013 @ 15:54 [ref: 67572]
 R.T.Hughes
 Dayton, OH
I was a member of VMR 252 I heldd rank of Gt we had R5c's and r4d,s. I late may of 1949 we recieved three r4q,s. I was discharged June 9 1949. Oct of 1950 I was recalled th active duty for the koreaN WAR. i SERVED THAT TIME AT THE O&r. How ever all the r4qs at vmr252 were still there . It seems there was a problem in the transiition training . HOW EVER IT WAS FOUND THAT THERE WAS A FLAW IN THE DESIGN.lack of control on single engine . Dorsal fins were DDED TO THESE Aircraft and that solded the problem.. How ever they lost two plans aND CREW . Im not sure if there was any more.SGT R.T.Hughes.

The commander of 252 wa Col. Lewis S Frank at the time I left.
07/24/2012 @ 12:25 [ref: 63848]
 Roy Schutt
 Corning, NY
I have read with great interest about the midair in 1957 on Okinawa. I was stationed at Naha when it happened, I use to have an underwater photo of the flying boxcar sitting on the bottom. I still remember some of you guys sitting on the high ground shooting sharks as the underwater guys were bring up the dead. As I remember, when the two planes were banking around for the final approch the fighter side slipped into the boxcar. Also as I remember it took several days to retreave all of the bodies.
05/25/2012 @ 13:13 [ref: 57794]
 J.W.BAIRD
 hamton tn, TN
I.served in the marine corps from 1955 to 1959 iwas on the other plane that night behind the one that went down ralph mauro was a good friend also remember oetting and stanley wiles it brings back sad memories i would like to hear from any one who remembers me istill keep up with ron hendrick and richard gorr also sometimes travis tiller but not in a while semper fi
03/06/2012 @ 17:05 [ref: 53926]

 
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