National Geographic : 1945 Sep
A Ship of War-With a Peacetime Destiny You won't have to beat this weapon of war into a peacetime plowshare. V-J Day will see the Fairchild-designed "Packet" ready to plow the airlanes of commerce. Built specifically for military cargo-tons of guns, men and equipment for battle-the "Packet's" huge hold will receive the bulky goods of peacetime commerce with ease, speed them hundreds or thousands of miles to their destinations. Designated by the Army as the C-82, the "Packet" has been nicknamed the "flying boxcar." Its cargo compartment (2,870 cubic feet of unobstructed and continuous space) carries 93% of the capacity of a railroad boxcar. Facility in loading is a triumph of Fairchild design. Split doors at the rear of the fuselage open to the full width of the cargo space. Cargoes roll smoothly into the "Packet" from a truck, for the "Packet's" horizontal floor is at standard truck floor height. Smaller pieces can be loaded through a forward loading door. The value of the "Packet," to shippers of all types of "flyable" cargo, will be as broad as the future of air cargo itself. Time and ex perience will attest to its economy and multi plicity of uses. Thus, the "Packet," now at war, emphasizes the Fairchild tradition of advanced aviation, "the touch of tomorrow in the planes of today." Forfurther details about the "Flying Boxcar," send request on your business stationery. Write Dept. D. BUY U. S. WAR BONDS AND STAMPS IRF AIRCHILD ENGINE AND AIRPLANE CORPORATION 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK 20, N. Y. Ranger Aircraft Engines Division, Farmingdale, LI. * Fairchild Aircraft Division, Hagerstown, Md. * Duramold Division, Jamestown, N.Y. I,~ ~ 31111~11~ Subsidiary: Al-Fin Corporation, Jamaica, L. I., N. Y . Affiliate: Stratos Corporation, Babylon, L.I ., N. Y.