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Fairchild 71-C

Fairchild 71CThe American Fairchild Aerial Survey Company was not satisfied with the aircraft that was available to do the kind of work required, so they decided to build their own in the mid-1920s. To do so, the company established the Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Company in 1925 on Long Island, New York.

A laser print of a Fairchild 71C The first aircraft prototype produced by the company was a FC-1, which was flown for the first time in June 1926. Incorporating changes, they went into production with the FC-2, which was available for purchase in 1927.

The FC-2 was a closed-cabin monoplane with the wing attached to the top of the fuselage. It was considered ideal by many Canadian aviation companies and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). With interest in the aircraft by the Canadians, the Fairchild Company gave them the opportunity to make recommendations on its design.

A Fairchild 71C aircraft with pontoons.The RCAF ordered the Fairchild aircraft with changes that included a larger fuselage, wing and engine. The result was the FC-2W, which was delivered in 1928. More improvements were added and the next aircraft was called a FC-2W-2-2. The Canadians asked for yet another set of changes to the Fairchild, which resulted in the Fairchild 71-C. A Fairchild 71C aircraft refuelling.

The Fairchild 71-C appeared in 1929 with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine that had 410-horse power. It had a large lift capacity and a long range.

The RCAF predominately used the craft for photographic surveys.


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