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C-119 Flying Boxcar a military transport aircraft developed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. Flying Boxcar Gifts.
The aircraft saw extensive action during the Korean War as a troop and equipment transport. In July 1950, four C-119s were sent to FEAF for service tests. Two months later, the C-119 deployed with the 314th Troop Carrier Group and served in Korea throughout the war.
C-119 would go on to see extensive service in Vietnam, beginning in 1954 with aircraft secretly loaned by the CIA to French forces for troop support. These aircraft were generally flown in French markings by American CIA pilots often accompanied by French officers and support staff. The C-119 was to play a major role during the siege at Dien Bien Phu, where they flew into increasingly heavy fire while dropping supplies to the besieged French forces.
The USAF Strategic Air Command had C-119 Flying Boxcars in service from 1955 - 1973.