Boom time


A rear boom assembly being mated to the main wings of a C-82A at the Hagerstown factory.

Fairchild opted for a twin-boom configuration, which allowed for easy access in terms of the loading and air-dropping of freight from the rear of the fuselage. The fuselage itself was an all-metal semi-monocoque, made up of seven main parts: the base, two side sections, the upper front section, upper rear section, nose section and rear (clamshell door) section. It was around 55ft long and 13ft high with a usable freight volume of 2,598 cubic feet, similar to that of a standard railway boxcar.

The cargo deck flooring consisted of three-ply Douglas fir plywood sheeting covered in aluminium. The fuselage sides featured 14 porthole windows with one extra on each of the rear paratroop doors.

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