A new jet-assisted model of the old standard Air Force twin-engine C-123 "provider" cargo aircraft, the C-123K, played an important role in the recent mass airlift of troops and cargo of the U.
Truck backing up to C-123K "Provider"
CU of driver fighting wheel
Soldier giving signals to driver
Truck being backed up to plane
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Background: A new jet-assisted model of the old standard Air Force twin-engine C-123 "provider" cargo aircraft, the C-123K, played an important role in the recent mass airlift of troops and cargo of the U.S. Army First Infantry Division from Thu Dau Mot to Phuoc Vinh, South Vietnam. This was the first time the jet-assisted "Provider had been used in this type of operation. The airlift mission was flown by the Air Force 834th Air Division based at Tan on Thu??? Air Base near Saigon. The move to Phuoc Vinh was ordered when Viet Cong activity increased in that area. Fresh troops were needed to supplement units engaged in sweep and clear missions in the Phuoc Vinh area.
This film shows the various operations involve in dropping cargo to troops on the ground. Initial ??? the airstrip consisted of supplies and equipment, with the ???: ??? transfer to come later. Pilots are directed by a ground coordinator iron the ??? who was flown to Phuoc Vinh prior to the airlift operation.
The modified version of the "Provider," with two auxilliary jet engines, can airlift 9,000 additional pounds at greater speed. The extra power also permits the use of shorter forward airstrips. This increase in performance promises greater efficiency in Air force airlift operations in Vietnam.
Ten more of the C-123K's are on their way to the 834th and, eventually, most of the forward airstrip cargo missions will be flown by the modified "Providers."