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Modelling => Ideas & Inspiration => Aero-space => : GTX_Admin May 14, 2019, 01:29:18 AM

: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
: GTX_Admin May 14, 2019, 01:29:18 AM
A thread for your Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/AC_Fairchild_C123_colour.jpg)
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: kerick May 14, 2019, 05:12:16 AM
USCG would be very interesting!
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: elmayerle May 14, 2019, 07:23:33 AM
A developed version of the pure jet XC-123A could be interesting, particularly if combined with the later fuselage with sponsons for the main landing gear.  Perhaps an uprated version using B-52 engine nacelles instead of the B-47 inboard nacelles used on the one aircraft actually built?

For that matter, the sole C-123T prototype was built with T56s and required a redesigned, wet, wing.  Replace the R2800s with PW150s or so (basically the same change from Cl-215 to CL415) would work better as you wouldn't need to change the wing and could still use the fuel tanks at the back of the nacelles.

The In Action{/I] book shows a variety of users and marking & camouflage schemes.
: Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
: elmayerle May 14, 2019, 09:31:16 AM
I just checked the In Action book and the USCG used C-123B's as did the Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force.  Of course, one of them also replaced a C-119 as a Thunderbirds Support Aircraft.  Lots of interesting possibilities here, including the "White Whale", Gen. Westmoreland's VC-135B.
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: The Big Gimper May 14, 2019, 09:55:34 AM
(http://www.thaifighterclub.org/images/answer2012/A0114803713012320911.jpg)

This is the only reasonable sized public domain photo of the RTAF C-123T.
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: The Big Gimper May 14, 2019, 10:12:36 AM
A good book on C-123 operations is Flying Through Midnight (https://www.amazon.ca/Flying-Through-Midnight-Dramatic-Missions/dp/1400151864) by John T. Halliday.

He flew with the 606th Special Forces Squadron which flew Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War using UC-123B and UC-123Ks.

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: apophenia May 15, 2019, 04:42:41 AM
After their withdrawl from Vietnam, the Black Spot AC-123Ks get turned over to the US Coast Guard to make use of their huge infra-red turrets and search radar as SAR aircraft?
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: GTX_Admin May 16, 2019, 01:44:19 AM
Random ideas:


I like the turbo prop idea too.
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: elmayerle May 16, 2019, 05:19:21 AM
After their withdrawl from Vietnam, the Black Spot AC-123Ks get turned over to the US Coast Guard to make use of their huge infra-red turrets and search radar as SAR aircraft?
Definitely a whiff since the two NC?AC-123K's were converted back to standard transport configuration, albeit while retaining the wrap-around camouflage.
: Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
: GTX_Admin May 18, 2019, 05:12:52 AM
A developed version of the pure jet XC-123A could be interesting, particularly if combined with the later fuselage with sponsons for the main landing gear.  Perhaps an uprated version using B-52 engine nacelles instead of the B-47 inboard nacelles used on the one aircraft actually built?

For those not already aware:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Chase_XC-123A.jpg)
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: kerick May 18, 2019, 07:16:04 AM
That NMF sure makes it look completely different!
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: jcf May 19, 2019, 09:54:52 AM
The XC-123A was a conversion of the second Chase XG-20 assault glider prototype, the
only one of the two to fly as a glider, the number one prototype was converted with piston
engines as the XC-123, and eventually led to the C-123B production aircraft.
The ability to be equipped with engines was designed into the glider right from the beginning.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Chase_XG-20_in_flight.jpg)
: Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
: GTX_Admin May 20, 2019, 01:23:37 AM
COD version anyone:

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