This Day in Aviation History

September 10th, 1944
First flight of the Fairchild C-82 Packet.

The C-82 Packet was a twin-engined, twin-boom cargo aircraft designed and built by Fairchild Aircraft. It was used briefly by the United States Army Air Forces and the successor United States Air Force following World War II.

Developed by Fairchild, the C-82 was intended as a heavy-lift cargo aircraft to succeed prewar civilian designs like the Curtiss C-46 Commando and Douglas C-47 Dakota using non-critical materials in its construction, primarily plywood and steel, so as not to compete with the production of combat aircraft. However, by early 1943…

Wikipedia, Fairchild C-82 Packet:

YouTube, USAAF cargo aircraft C-82 Packet, loaded with troops and tanks, takes off:

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