Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 63
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June 29, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 63

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15D -June 29,1975 Sunday Gatett^Maii · Chvlnfov ***· Virgin* -- 'Flying Boxcars' Doomed Boxy-Looking Fuselage Gave C119 Nickname State National Guard to Have Last 'Flying Boxcars' --AP Wirephoto ByBobftoMuM Tke Allocated Preu By early next fall, the last C119 "Flying Boxcars" still in active American military service will be flown to their Arizona graveyards. "I kind of hate to see them go, but then I hated to see them come originally," says Lt. Col. Jack Koch of the West Virginia Air National Guard's 130th Special Operations Group. He has piloted the aircraft since the unit got its first Cllte in the mid 1960s. The twin-engine cargo and troop'trans- port was distinctive in appearance because of the twin tails which sweep above and behind the main fuselage. The Flying Boxcars were in service at the end of World War n and were used extensively in Korea. An Air Force spokesman said the transport version went out of service with the regular Air Force in the mid 1960s. Some were later taken out of mothballs and converted to gunships for the Vietnam War. "It's easy to fly from the pilot's point of view, a forgiving type" of aircraft, says Koch. "It's probably one of the safest airplanes that's ever been flown." The only ones still in use are the seven in Charleston and four each with the 129th Special Operations Group at Hayward, Calif., and the 143rd Special Operations Group at Providence, R. I., according to Koch. After the end of this month, the 130th will have the last Cll9s still in active use. But at the end of September they, too, will be flown to the Military Aircraft Disposition Center at Davis-Monthan AFB at Tucson. According to Koch, a big drawback of the Flying Boxcar is its use of high octane fuel, which has risen in price from 28 cents a gallon two years ago to $1.72 on the last contract. 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