National Geographic : 1945 May
Loads for a Landing on Nippon Into the spacious hold of the Packet will go lethal cargoes-destination Japan. Guns, light tanks, shells, trucks or para troopers; material and men for victory in the Pacific will be air-borne in the Army's "flying boxcar," the new cargo carrier designed by Fairchild and built by Fairchild and North American Aviation. The Packet, first airplane produced specifi cally for cargo transport, can carry up to nine tons. Its range, with lighter loads, is more than 3,500 miles. Forty-two paratroopers with full equipment can be "delivered" through two jump doors in the stern, clear of any obstruction. An ingeni- ous device sends equipment parachuting through special doors in the belly, simul taneously with each paratrooper's jump. The Packet is loaded with extreme ease. Its fuselage floor is level and at standard truck floor height. Cargo capacity is 2,312 cubic feet -about 88 per cent of the capacity of a stand ard railroad boxcar. This all-metal, twin engine, flying boxcar possesses characteristics inherent in all Fair child products, "the touch of tomorrow in the planes of today." With but minor modifica tions it will become an efficient and profitable carrier of cargo in peacetime commerce, the flying boxcar of the new air age. BUY U. S. WAR BONDS AND STAMPS 3 , FAIRCHILD ENGINE AND AIRPLANE CORPORATION 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK 20, N. Y. Ranger Aircraft Engines Division, Farmingdale, L. I . * Fairchild Aircraft Division, Hagerstown, Md. * Duramold Division, Jamestown, N. Y. Subsidiary: Al-Fin Corporation, New York, N. Y. * Affiliate: Stratos Corporation,New York, N. Y.