Fairchild C-123J 'Provider'
|  Base model:||C-123|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1925-1962|
|  Basic role:||Transport|
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Robert Peterson|
| I was air evacuated from King Salmon, AK to Elmendorf AFB, AK via a C-123. The aircraft left King Salmon on 25July1975. I'm trying to find records of this flight so I can determine the model C-123 I was transported in. Any information that you can provide me would be very much appreciated.
SMS Robert Peterson, USAFR, retired
06/20/2015 @ 05:28 [ref: 69133]
| Bobby Herron|
| I was flight engineer on c123J's with 4087th ATS and ferried
56-4389A to Alaska in April, 1960. Gave airplanes to Alaska air national guard. Aircraft commander was Capt. Warlick.
Just found web site Aug 18, 2014
08/18/2014 @ 11:51 [ref: 68617]
| David Swysgood|
| I read the article by Ron Gamel about his flight to the ice island north of Point Barrow. I was a crew chief/flt engineer on C-123J 56-4388 during that time. We made several flights to that ice station during my 2 years stationed at Ladd AFB. I was part of the crew that picked up 56-4388 at New Bedford, Mass and ferried it to Ladd AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska. I logged 750 flt hours in the various C-123's at Ladd AFB. The artic made for some interesting and exciting times flying around Alaska. |
01/05/2011 @ 08:34 [ref: 35205]
| There is also a C-123J in the Seoul War Museum in Seoul, Republic of Korea |
05/12/2010 @ 04:07 [ref: 26156]
| Robert Thomas|
| Col Harrison, I was assigned as Flight Engineer on the C-54. If I remember right, Major Garruo (not spelled correctly) was my Aircraft Commander. Our navigator was a Lt Ho. can't remember how it is spelled. By the way, I also, like you and your C-123 dash 1, have an old dash 1 for the C-54. I was originally crew chief of 714. I also have a base newspaper that tells abount the resque of personnel from T3 in 19558 or 1959.I left Harmon in 1960.
02/23/2010 @ 21:11 [ref: 25777]
| Heywood Bell, Msgt. Retired|
El Centro, CA
| I was stationed at Earnest Harmon, AFB (1958 to 1960) with the 4087th ATS (SAC). I was a Loadmaster and flew on the
C-123J's. As Sergeant Thomas told in his comments above, we mainly shuttled cargo, mail, food and personnel to Goose Bay, Fox Bay, St. Johns, Gander, Sonderstorm and during the summer months we re-supplied the sites on the Greenland Ice Cap. The plane had a little jet engine on the wing tips that was used to help get the plane airborne primarily when we were on the ice cap. If we were heavy and the conditions was not just right on take off the plane would bounce along for a couple of miles or so on the ice cap trying to get airborne. The skis worked good for what they were made for but around hard surface runways all heck could break loose if the skis or one ski didn't follow the cycle to get into the right position for landing on asphalt runways. I had flown on C-123's at Stewart AFB, Tennesee and then when I went to Vietnam I flew on them again. They were good little work horses for small loads, short field take off and landings but they were cold when it was cold and when it rained you was sure to get wet.
03/14/2009 @ 17:34 [ref: 23946]
| Daniel S. Lehman|
Bastrop, Texas, TX
| I WAS THE MAINTENANCE CLERK FOR CAPTAIN ORVILLE J. HOWELLS IN THE 6614TH/4087TH AIR TRANSPORT SQUADRON. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KEEPING THE MAINTENANCE RECORDS ON THE C-54'S, C-119S, AND C-123J'S. AS I RECALL WE HAD 180 INCHES OF SNOW THE FIRST WINTER I WAS THERE. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF MY TWO YEAR TOUR. THE TRIPS SOME OF US MADE TO CORNERBROOK WERE REALLY EXCITING. DURING THE LEBANON CRISIS, WE WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK (WITHOUT SLEEP) FOR 2 TO 3 DAYS. ALSO, THE 4087TH ATS WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION, THIS CITATION WAS FOR RESCUEING 13 SCIENTISTS OFF AN ICEBERG THAT WAS FLOATING INTO RUSSIAN WATERS/OR WAS CRACKING UP, I CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH. THANKS FOR LISTENING. |
10/10/2008 @ 16:24 [ref: 22825]
| Robert Thomas (Msgt) retired|
| I was stationed at Earnest Harmon, AFB(1957 to 1960) during the time the 4087th ATS (SAC) was operating the C-123J's. Howerver, I was a flight engineer on the Squadrons C-54's. The Squadron also had C-119's, which were replaced by the C-123J's. We mainly flew north to Goose Bay,Thule AB, Sonderstorm,on the west coast of Greenland and . Also to weather stations: mainly to Alert, Nord. (sometimes south to Westover AFB and other US bases)
The Squadron was deactived, and the C-123J's were transfered to Alaska. Don't know what happened to the C54's. The 123's had small jet engine on the wing tips. I believe they J44's. The jets engines had intake eye lids the were closed when not in use. They also flew north, but as I recollect, they had to a engine engineaircraft along as an escort. They were equipped with ski's. All of our planes were marked with day glow paint. Originally red on the nose, tail and each wing tip.
08/30/2008 @ 09:55 [ref: 22582]
| Jim Robinson|
| This is for Col. Tommy G Harrison. Look on page 212 and you will find pictures of 394 and 396. I was a radio operator in the 4087 Air Transport Sqdn. I left in 1958. These airplanes were assigned to a squadron in Tennessee.
I never found out where. At that time when an airplane, whose crew was not checked out on the north country, had to pick up a Polar Crew to go with them. In this case the polar Crew was a navigator and a radio operator. I happened to be on an instructor crew with the 4087 Air Transport Squadron. The navigator and I had to go along in case they needed any help. They never asked for our help. Also they made us ride in the cargo compartment. We had a lot fun later on talking about being baggage on a C 123. Also on page 212 there is a picture I took while unloading fuel at Nord Greenland. I enjoyed your notes. My e mail is email@example.com
08/16/2008 @ 13:57 [ref: 22472]
| Ron Gamel|
| In Sept. 1959 I was stationed at Eilson AFB in Alaska. I was sent TDY to Fletchers Ice Island, North of Point Barrow. The aircraft used to take supplies and personnel to Ice Island was the C123J. It was stationed at Ladd AFB at Fairbanks. I returned to Alaska from Ice Island in March 1960. The C123J operated from the ice using skis attached to the wheels. The jet engine was used for take-off then shut down and the rest of the flight was with the recip's. I appreciate seeing the pictures and stories on this web site. |
02/20/2007 @ 19:02 [ref: 15603]
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