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Fairchild 71

The Fairchild Aircraft Company carried on with progressive development of its FC-2 model aircraft, which first flew in 1926. The FC-2W was a further development featuring a 50 ft span and a doubling of engine power.

Further refinements led to yet another model designation for a seven-seat cabin monoplane designed for light transport.

The model 71, as it was known, again featured composite construction including a welded steel fuselage and tail along with a strut-braced wooden wing and all-over fabric covering. This variant was again designed with aerial photography in mind and therefore featured a camera bay for vertical photography and low rear-door windows to permit oblique photography.

The RCAF found its Fairchild 71 aircraft rugged, reliable and highly useful in the aerial survey role.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg:
Manufacturer: Fairchild (Canada)
Crew / Passengers: one pilot and up to 6 passengers.
Power Plant(s): one 420 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial piston engine
Performance: Max Speed: 132 mph ( 212 km/h) Cruising Speed: 112 mph ( 180 km/h) Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,267 m) Range: 900 mi ( 1,448 km)
Weights: Empty: 3,160 lb ( 1,435 kg) Gross: 5,500 lb ( 2,497 kg)
Dimensions: Span: 50 ft 0 in (15.39 m) Length: 35 ft 10 1/4 in (10.93 m) Height: 9 ft 4 in ( 2.84 m) Wing Area: 310 sq ft (28.76 sq m)
Armament: None
A Fairchild 71 aircraft in RCAF colours (CF Photo)

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