I photographed these Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar examples at Pima, March AFB and the NMoUSAF.
C-119G 10-906 (RCAF 22122)
March AFB 2018
This aircraft was specially modified for the mid-air retrieval of space capsules re-entering the atmosphere from orbit. On 19 August 1960, this aircraft made the world’s first mid-air recovery of a capsule returning from space when it “snagged” the parachute lowering the Discoverer 14 satellite.