picture was taken at ORY Airport right after c-82 received its FAA
license N9701F in May 1960...42 years ago ...I flew the flight test
with FAA Inspector Bob Meyersburg and Jim Beasley followich wich I
checked out the FAA Inspector and thereafter took the Flight Rating
ride with Beasley...Pete Boe was with me and the flights were done
at Reims Airport (France). ( 2002 Claude Girard words)
Packet Becomes Trouble-Shooter Overseas
The "Flying Boxcar"
TWA became America’s first “jet” operator this month when its
new jet and propeller powered Fairchild C-82 “flying
maintenance base” was commissioned at Orly Field.
Designed to help maintain on-time schedules along TWA’s overseas
routes yhrough the British Isles, Europe, North Africa and the Middle
East , the c-82 mobile base is on 24-hour alert in Paris and can be
loaded and in the air within 45 minutes of nitification of a
potential trouble area.
The C-82 “Flying Boxcar” was modified by TWA’s
overseas maintenance division at Paris to include a number of special
features to improve performance and make it the most versatile and
efficient mobile unit in use by any airline in the world today,
according to Larry Trimble , general manager of International
A primary feature was the addition of a Fairchild 101-E jet engine
mounted atop the high wing to provide added power for take-off , climb
and in-flight performance if needed.
This jet installation is the first to any TWA aircraft and makes it
the first commercial application of jet assist by any major U.S.
airline.Engineered by the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation, the jet was
installed by TWA technicians at Orly with the entire modification
under the supervision of S.D. Chapman, TWA manager of overseas
Another major change was the replacement of the original engine
installation with higher-powered Pratt and Whitney R-2800 CB-3
engines, similar to those in TWA’s Martin fleet.
TWA will use the aircraft solely as a maintenance base. Use of
the C-82 will permit the return to service of any TWA aircraft
grounded because of engine failure within a maximum of 10 hours
anywhere within 1.000 miles of Paris. Stations at a greater distance
will have “return to service” times proportionate to additional
flight time required. The aircraft can be loaded with any type of
engine within 5 minutes.
Special engine handling equipment is now being completed to carry
aboard the C-82 which will make it independent of local field
facilities, such as hoists and stands. With this equipment, field
engine changes will be accomplished even at off-line stations in from
a maximum of 2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours 45 minutes, depending on
the type engine involved and its location on the aircraft.
In the event of emergency off-line operations for any extended period
of time, the giant carrier can be used to transport TWA trucks,
passenger loading steps, commissary and other equipment required to
continue scheduled service.
The C-82 program is the first time that a TWA line station has
functioned to redesign, modify, overhaul and place in service a TWA
plane, and its successful completion is a measure of the technical
competence of TWA’s line maintenance organization, Trimble said.
TWA also considers this new aircraft as a significant step in
realizing its objective of maximum fleet availability to render better
service to the traveling public.
Maintenance Foreman Lucien Picollier was design and modification
coordinator with Assistant Maintenance Foreman Roland Lacroix
responsible for overrall re-design of the entire electrical and
instrumentation systems. Mechanic Pierre Loubet designed the complete
radio installation which will incorporate not only full Constellation
equipment but advanced equipment which will not appear on other TWA
aircraft until the Boeing 707 enters service.
The jet installation was engineered by the Fairchild Aircraft
Corporation but was installed by TWA personnel and was flight tested
with the assistance of engineering personnel of the Fairchild Engine
The C-82 in military service could carry a 20.000-lbs tank and/or
other large, heavy units in its huge fuselage which has an
unobstructed cargo space 38 feet long, 8feet wide and 8 feet high.
Lucien Picollier's son, Captain Claude Girard, Pete
Boe, Lucien Picollier