Fairchild UC-123K 'Provider'

Notes: C-123K modified for aerial spray operations.
  Base model:C-123
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Utility

  Length: 76' 3" 23.2 m
  Height:34' 6" 10.5 m
  Wingspan: 110' 33.5 m
  Wingarea: 1,223.0 sq ft 113.6 sq m
  Empty Weight: 29,900 lb 13,560 kg
  Gross Weight: 60,000 lb 27,210 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800 & 2 2850Lb J85-GE
  Horsepower (each): 2500

  Range: 1,825 miles 2,938 km
  Cruise Speed: 170 mph 273 km/h 147 kt
  Max Speed: 240 mph 386 km/h 208 kt
  Ceiling: 28,000 ft 8,534 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia

UC-123K on display

Museum of Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jerry Smith
 Nashville, AR
Wonder if anyone knew my neighbor Jacklin Meggs Boatwright who lost his life when a UC-123 Provider when down on September 04, 1967 over Vietnam?
http://www.virtualwall.org/db/BoatwrightJM01a.htm You can eamil me leaving out the dashes, jerry80871852-@-yahoo.com.

03/30/2014 @ 11:30 [ref: 68447]
 Bill Sarring
 , WI
To: Stephen King
Ranch Hand all of 1969
Crew chief
SNs(from my pictures) 54-586, 547, and 54-564.
Email with requests, OK
05/14/2012 @ 16:29 [ref: 57121]
 Stephen King
 Brisbane Queensland, OTH
Contact me at kingherron128@yahoo.com.au
01/20/2012 @ 05:45 [ref: 52177]
 Stephen King
 Brisbane, Queensland, OTH
I would like to make email contact with any flight or maintainance crew of these aircraft between 1968 and 1972 in active service in South East Asia. I am writing a book and find that this aircraft was used in areas I am writing about.
01/20/2012 @ 05:42 [ref: 52176]
 Lynn McAtee
 Plains, MT
I have some great memories of of the old "Bookie Birds" from my year at Phan Rang VN, 69-70, in the 309th SOS. I remember the tail identifiers, WH,(Willie Hacket?) WE (Willie Ever) and one more that escapse my memory. We hauled trash all over, often 8-10 frags a day. Almost flew under an Arc Light drop zone one day, somehow missed the general broadcast to avoid susc and such area. Another time we were assigned to drop an ammo load at an Army FOB in the Highlands and the runway was too short for the 123, but after the AC looked it over, decided to try it anyway and dove for the end and bairly got stopped, nearly running into the "woods" at the end of the runway. Had to reverse props and back up to turn around. On departure, we backed up till the tail was "ALMOST" in the tree branches, locked the brakes, jets to 100 PCT and max power, drop brakes and pray. The AC held it down and literally "Bounced" the old girl off the ground. At our next stop, we found pieces of tree branch in the wheel wells. Many more memories. Do any of you old heads remember "OLD PATCHES"? She was the most battle damaged 123 in VN. I beleive shes in a museum somewhere, no idea where. Also, do any of you remember the 309th mascot, Butch, the mutt dog? The SP were always going to put him down, but whenever they came to do so, we'd all surround him till they gave up. He was still there when I left in March of 70. Lots of stories about old Butch.
08/19/2011 @ 23:08 [ref: 46320]
 Rich delpino
 Sandiego, CA
1ST Flt Det May 69=70
Crew chiefed the wiskey birds.

Still kickin.

01/10/2011 @ 13:55 [ref: 35441]
 Henry Monton
 Wichita, KS
Assigned to 1st Flight/15th SOS at Nha Trang, RVN from June 1969 to June 1970. Brought my bar glass, with 1st Flight decal, home with me. Enjoyed my time with such a close knit and fun loving outfit.
01/02/2011 @ 15:20 [ref: 35136]
 laurens, SC
Was on them in '66-'67 at DaNang. We lived in tent hooches at the time. Got some pix of some of the 123's after we were hit with 122mm rockets.
12/26/2010 @ 12:02 [ref: 35025]
 Yucca Valley, CA
A little known fact about the C-123 is that it started life as a glider! At the end of WWII, the designers at the Army Air Force test facility at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, had plans for the last two gliders, the ACG-18A and ACG-20, on their desks. Since there was no longer any need for gliders, they simply added engines to produce the C-122 Aviatruc (quite possibly the worst name ever given to any aircraft) and C-123.
06/03/2006 @ 10:13 [ref: 13444]
 Don Rodney
 , IL
I was at Ton Son Nhut Sept 1964 - Aug 1965. Worked on C123's. 33rd Camron.
07/28/2005 @ 07:40 [ref: 10864]