TWA Fairchild C-82 - The Flying Box Car - Onto
This 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)

     Jet-Assisted  Fairchild C-82 Packet Becomes Trouble-Shooter  Overseas

                                                          The "Flying Boxcar"

Paris- 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 Operations..

            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 Maintenance.

             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 Division.

             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