Originally developed by Chase Aircraft, the C-123 Provider was well received during its experimental and trial phases, but due to political concerns, Fairchild Aircraft was eventually awarded the contract for C-123 production. Good initial performance and a stellar showing at a follow-up army evaluation trial made the C-123 an ideal aircraft for U.S. Army transport operations in Vietnam. C-123s were also utilized in a number of specialty roles such as VIP transport, paradrop training, and defoliation operations in Vietnam. Provider variants continued to see use after the Vietnam conflict ended, including humanitarian insect control, miscellaneous USDA programs and FAA testing programs, all of which ended in the 1990s, giving the C-123 a service length of more than 30 years.
This rugged aircraft has been recreated here with painstaking detail, with a beautiful camouflage finish that makes this model a prize choice for any enthusiast.