Trooper's Reflections on the C-123
The C-123 was a unique airplane. The C-123's started off with big World War II era radial piston engines, but the later versions kept the prop engines and added a small jet engine on each wing for added power for takeoff and high performance requirements. People referred to this unusual configuration as "two burning and two turning."
The Fairchild C-123 Provider was a rugged aircraft that served in many different roles. It served as troop carrier, med-evac aircraft and even as a gunship. It provided much of the in-country transport in Vietnam and Cambodia, carrying all kinds of cargo, including livestock.
The Provider borrowed its basic design from a cargo glider, though the design was always intended to be eventually powered. The C-123K conversion added two jet engine pods under the wings. It has an aft cargo ramp through which the aircraft's cargo was loaded.
In 1962, the U.S. Air Force began Operation Ranch Hand, in which the Agent Orange defoliant was used. Its purpose was to expose the trails used by the Viet Cong to supply their troops in the jungle. One of these Providers crashed in February 1962. Its crew of three were killed, becoming the first U.S. Air Force members to lose their lives in the conflict. Good
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