14/02 2015 by PS
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is making his HALO jump from a Fairchild C-123 Provider. HALO is High Altitude - Low Opening. see link.
The C-123 Is special as it is the only aircraft type, that during its history had operated as glider, under internal combustion, turboprop and under jet engine power. The Provider was originally designed as an assult glider for USAF. First flight 14. October 1949. In the beginning of the '50s the first powered experiments started. During it's long service the Provider have had a lot of different roles: USAF transport, Search and Rescue for United States Coast Guard, VIP Transport, jump aircraft for US Army Airborne, tactical airlift, spraying Agent Orange during Vietnam War, CIA covert operations, film star (Con Air). One plane even ended as a bar in Costa Rica.
A total of 305 were produced in the period 1949 to 1970. Several still operating today.
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