The Fairchild C-123 Provider
As photographed by J.R. Qualey III (with contributions from J.R. Qualey & Earl Cole)
All photos are copyrighted by J.R. Qualey III (unless otherwise noted)
C-123 airdrop demo at Dayton Air Fair, Dayton, Ohio, 7/21/79.
The three-digit number on the nose appears to be "658" indicating that this is C-123 54-0658.
The first paratrooper has just exited the starboard side door with the static line still attached to the aircraft.
Model builders might find it interesting to note how the top-side camouflage wraps around the leading edges of the wings and horizontal stabilizers.
A workhorse military tactical transport, the Fairchild C-123 Provider entered US military service in the early 1950's. The last examples to fly for the US military were retired in the early 1980's.
Bibliography: Some C-123 print references are listed below.
Sands, Glenn; "Aircraft in Detail - Fairchild's C-123 Provider", Scale Aircraft Modeling, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 154 - 68 (May, 2001)
A well-illustrated short history of the C-123 with some color photos and 30+ color side-profiles with a few top & bottom views of the paint schemes. No detail photos.
C-123 related Web Resources
Air Mobility Command Museum. Provides general information on the C-123 and includes a service history of their example (C-123K Provider — S/N: 54-658). The C-123 page includes some nice pictures of 658's cargo compartment.
I photographed 54-658 in Dayton, OH on 7/21/79 (0082-02_P-T-R.jpg & 0082-06_T-R-P.jpg). I also photographed it at the museum on 9/24/05 (1416-15_CrpRzExp.jpg, 1416-20_CrpRzExp.jpg, IM003761a_CrpRzExp.jpg).
Air Heritage, Inc. The Air Heritage Museum is located at Beaver County Airport in Beaver Falls, PA. They operate C-123K 54-664 (nicknamed "Thunderpig"). In addition to a brief general history of the C-123 Provider, the website includes a history of 54-664, in particular. The organization is actively flying the airplane to airshows with the next scheduled appearance being at Kent State, OH on the weekend of Sept. 13-14, 2013. The Air Heritage Museum website lists several other interesting aircraft (a C-47 and an F-15, for example).
I photographed 54-664 while it was on static display during an airshow at Westover ARB, Chicopee, MA on 8/5/13. The aircraft was open to the public so I had the opportunity to also take numerous cockpit photos. I've included several of photos of 664 in the C-123 photo gallery.
The C-123 gallery linked to below consists of photos taken by myself, unless otherwise noted.
The photos are grouped into 3 categories: Interior details, exterior details, and general exterior views of various C-123s in flight and on the ground.
Featured Aircraft Gallery: The C-123 Provider