Photo: Robert Deering
Pate Museum of Transportation
developed from the World War II
was 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. The USAF used the airplane
extensively during the Korean War and many
were supplied to the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps and to the air forces of Canada,
Belgium, Italy and India. In South Vietnam,
the airplane once again entered combat, this
time in a ground support role as AC-119
gunships mounting side-firing weapons
capable of firing up to 6,000 rounds per
minute per gun.
Engines: Two Wright R-3350s of 3,500 hp each
Maximum speed: 290 mph
Cruising speed: 200 mph
Range: 2,000 miles
Service ceiling: 30,000 ft.
Span: 109 ft. 3 1/4 in.
Length: 86 ft. 5 3/4 in.
Height: 26 ft. 7 3/4 in.
Weight: 66,900 lbs. maximum
Source: National Museum of the United States Air Force