Thursday, April 21, 2011

C-123 Provider walk around

C-123K N22968 Thunder Pig was delivered to the USAF as C-123B 54-0664, and later served with the Royal Thai AF before being returned to US control and eventually retired to Davis Monthan in 1981. There it remained until 1996, when it was acquired by Air Heritage at Beaver County (KBVI) Pennsylvania.
Fairchild C-123 Provider walk around photos

C-123 engine with cowling removed photo
Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial

C-123K R-2800 engine frontal view

C-123K Provider jet pod photo
 The C-123K conversion entailed fitting General Electric J85 turbojets in underwing pods.

C-123 jet booster pod, as seen from front

C-123 Provider wing fuel tank
C-123K wing tank - frontal view

C-123 wing tank, rear angle view
C-123 wing tank - rear quarter view

Fairchild C-123 main landing gear photo
C-123 Provider main gear

C-123 Provider walk around tail photo

C-123 Provider desktop scale model



A 1/10 scale RC C-123 project, skinned in real aluminum

AFRES C-123s
at Pope AFB

1/48 scale C-123 paper model

C-123 Bibliography


Al Adcock "C-123 Provider in action" Squadron/Signal Publications, 1992. ISBN 0-89747-276-4


Magazine Articles and Photos:

Photo: "External, Jettisonable Gas Load for C-123" Aviation Week January 2, 1956 p.43

"C-123 Pantobase, Flow-Control Research" Aviation Week February 27, 1956 p.60 4 photos

Photo: C-123 AW April 9, 1956 front cover

Claude Witz "USAF Ready to Carry 'Walking Army' With C-123" AW April 9, 1956 p.28-30 5 photos

Russell Hawkes "YC-134 Marks Change in Flow System"  Aviation Week December 24, 1956  p.34

“First Jet-Augmented C-123K Sent to Vietnam” Aviation Week & Space Technology May 1, 1967 p.57 1 illustration

“C-123s Defoliate Jungle Stronghold of Viet Cong” Aviation Week & Space Technology May 8, 1967 p.82-85 11 illustrations

Sam McGowan "The Provider" Air Classics July 1988 p.60-65 six photos


Newspaper Articles and Photos:

"Plane Crash-Lands on L.I. Parkway, Killing Motorist" New York Times October 16, 1958 p.1 c.2+ 1 photo

"L.I. Air Crash Laid To a Faulty Gauge" New York Times October 17, 1958 p.24


An interesting article on the Con Air Providers


Scale Models:

Amodels has issued 1/144 scale Provider kits in C-123B/K, HC-123B, C-123J, NC/AC-123K, and UC-123K configurations.
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