The War Illustrated, No. 241, Vol. 10, September 13th 1946

Demonstration Drop from Latest Air Transport I E ... DEVELOPMENT IN TROOP-CARRYING AIR- CRAFT has as its latest example the twin-engine and twin-boom Fairchild C-82, or Packet, now a standard transport in the U.S.A.A.F. From it, parachute troops can be discharged in almost half the time customary during the War, as demon­ strated at Beaulieu, in Hampshire, on August 9, 1946, when British and U.S. troops descended together (I). A 25-pounder gun, with tractor, is seen (2) emerging from the aircraft. Seating arrangement is shown at (3), a feature of the Packet being that troops can jump from both sides of the box-shaped fuselage. Designed originally for military purposes, the Fairchild C-82, powered by a pair of 18-cylinder 2,100 h.p. engines, is now being developed as a cargo carrier on U.S. commerical air routes ; ij can carry a 9-ton payload at 200 m.p.h. In contrast, the famous Dakota was designed for commercial purposes and adopted by the Allies as a troop-carrying aircraft. l'hotos, C tnlra’ I'rcss PAGE 325
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