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.
A Fairchild 71 aircraft in RCAF colours (CF Photo)