Fairchild C-123 Returns To Its Home

The museum's flight crew inspected the C-123 on November 6th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ( Image credit Hagerstown Aviation Museum)
The museum's flight crew inspected the C-123 on November 6th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ( Image credit Hagerstown Aviation Museum)
The museum’s flight crew inspected the C-123 on November 6th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ( Image credit Hagerstown Aviation Museum)

As reported on the museum’s website the Hagerstown Aviation Museum is in the process of preparing it’s Fairchild C-123 Provider N681DG to fly home to Hagerstown, Maryland. This Vietnam War era veteran was manufactured in 1956 at the Fairchild Aircraft Company in Hagerstown. The US Air Force used the C-123 to transport troops and supplies in and out of some of the most diffcult and dangerous airfields during the Vietnam War. Of the over 300 C-123’s built only a handful still fly today. Acquired by the museum a year ago, this C-123 will join the museum’s collection of twenty historic aircraft, most of which were built in Hagerstown.

A Fairchild C-123K Provider (s/n 54-0696) of the 19th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Wing, on a paratrooper dropping mission over the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, on 27 March 1969. This aircraft was turned over to the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) in 1972. ( Image credit U.S. Air Force)
A Fairchild C-123K Provider (s/n 54-0696) of the 19th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Wing, on a paratrooper dropping mission over the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, on 27 March 1969. This aircraft was turned over to the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) in 1972. ( Image credit U.S. Air Force)

The Provider was a short-range assault transport used for airlifting troops and cargo to and from small, unprepared airstrips. The rugged C-123 became an essential part of U.S. Air Force airlift during the Southeast Asia War, where it flew primarily as an in-theater airlifter and a Ranch Hand sprayer ( Source USAF Factshet).Out of the 300 plus C-123’s that were built in Hagerstown, there are only a handful that are still flying, and this is one of them.

John Seburn, president of Aviation Museum President John, discovered this particular C-123 plane’s existence  on the internet.”About a year ago we found it advertised on the U.S. Treasury Department website, offering a seized aircraft for sale. The museum made an offer, we ended up getting the airplane and now we’re ready to bring it back home to Hagerstown,” Seburn said.

A crew from the museum recently traveled to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on November 6th, to inspect the aircraft in preparation for a ferry flight.  The C-123 is in good overall condition with a few items still needing work which require time and money.  To complete this work and fly this veteran aircraft home to Hagerstown the museum is asking for your support.  You can make a donation to the C-123 fund by clicking on the C-123 Donate Here button. By making a donation donorswill be recognized with your name being printed in the museum’ s New Pegasus magazine and on a special donor plaque mounted inside the C-123.  Donors will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and an invitation to a C-123 Donors Reception. For a donation of $100 or more, donors will also receive a special two hour C-123 DVD of seven original Fairchild films showing the C-123 in production, in testing and in its many uses around the world.

“The mission of the aviation museum is to preserve Hagerstown aviation heritage,” Seburn said. “Over the past ten years we have acquired over 20 aircrafts, most of which were built here in Hagerstown. The C-123 was one of the last big planes that we didn’t have in the collection.”

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5 Comments

  1. I would still like to purchase / Lease N681DG or purchase a replacement C-123 and exchange for this exact one.
    I wish to keep this flying and not in a museum just yet. I would be glad to advertise Hagerstown Museum as part of an agreement.
    Please call me at 954-547-3002

  2. Helpful analysis – I was enlightened by the insight , Does someone know if I might be able to locate a blank OPM SF 85P version to use ?

  3. Mr. Gendron,

    I own a bone stock original C-123 Provider, it is located in the desert above Los Angeles Ca. This aircraft would fit your plan of exchange with the Museum due to the level of completeness of this aircraft. If interested give me a call at 661-728-9654

    Frank Motter
    Thunder Air

  4. I am looking for a C-123K pilot’s flight book with checklists & emergency procedures that we carried when we flew. I flew the ‘123B & K models in Vietnam and was fortunate enough to have one “nose-arted” with my wife & daughter’s name “Miss Wendetta” by a wonderful crew chief at TSN while in the 19th SOS. The acft was 54-684 of which I have a photo of. I had an exact models made with tail flashes, insiga, etc., & proudly display it. If anyone has access to the flight manual, I would appreciate hearing about it o& getting a copy. My email is pz4@verizon.net. Thanks for reading & listening.
    Paul Z

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