Fairchild Tests Jet Assist for Transports
AVIATION WEEK, September 27, 1954
To determine the value of jet assistance in increasing takeoff loads and rate of climb, Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp.’s Ait- craft Division, Hagerstown, Md., is testing a C-82 with a Fairchild J44 turbojet atop the fuselage between the piston engines.
The J44 gives an added 1,000 Ib. thrust on takeoff. It is expected that the combination will allow increases in maximum takeoff weights up to two or three tons.
Single or multiple J44 packages can be mounted on the top, bottom or sides of fuselages or at Fairchild the C-82, leased from USAF for these tests, bears a civil registration on wings and tail instead
of the Packet’s markings.