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Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« on: May 14, 2019, 01:29:18 AM »
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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 05:12:16 AM »
USCG would be very interesting!

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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #2 on: 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.

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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #3 on: 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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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 09:55:34 AM »


This is the only reasonable sized public domain photo of the RTAF C-123T.
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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 10:12:36 AM »
A good book on C-123 operations is Flying Through Midnight 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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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #6 on: 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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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 01:44:19 AM »
Random ideas:

  • Canadian SAR version is this sort of scheme:

  • RAAF version instead of DHC-4 Caribou and thus open to some of its schemes such as:
  • 4 -engined stretched version but still with piston engines

I like the turbo prop idea too.
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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #8 on: 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.

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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #9 on: 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?

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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2019, 07:16:04 AM »
That NMF sure makes it look completely different!

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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #11 on: 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.

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Re: Fairchild C-123 Provider Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2019, 01:23:37 AM »
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