The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (Navy and Marine Corps designation R4Q ) is an American military transport aircraft developed from the World War II -era Fairchild C-82 Packet , designed to carry cargo , personnel, litter patients , and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute . The first C-119 made its initial flight in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built. Its cargo-hauling ability and unusual twin-boom design earned it the nickname "Flying Boxcar ".
The Flying Boxcar was developed by Fairchild in the 1940s as a specialized military freight aircraft for the U.S. Army. From the 1940s and into the late 1960s, the C-119 was modified and redesigned as new technologies and uses evolved. Our boxcar is a G, the last major production model, powered with Wright R-3350 engines. Four hundred eighty-four were built. It was used by the Royal Canadian Air Force, as a fire bomber by Hawkins & Powers Aviation, and in the Richard Dreyfuss movie Always.