Steward-Davis/Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar

@Lancaster Milestones of Flight Museum, Lancaster, CA

May 2006

Located at the General William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster is this sleepy aviation museum with a diverse collection of aircraft weathering in the desert climate.  One interesting specimen is this Flying Boxcar with a single jet engine mounted on top.  This aircraft was used by Hemet Valley Flying Service as a firefighting air tanker and had the Steward-Davis “Jet Pak” modification, allowing for higher payload capacity.  After a series of crashes, the U.S. C-119 air tanker fleet was permanently grounded in 1987.  The C-119 first flew in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built.  Panasonic FZ30, processed with Aperture.

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