Fairchild FC-1 / FC-2


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Fairchild FC-1 / FC-2

In the early 1920s Sherman Fairchild was engaged actively in the business of aerial photography and survey. A variety of aircraft were used for this purpose, all with some shortcomings, so he designed what he considered to be an ideal aircraft for the purpose. Tenders for construction of a number of these aircraft appeared to be prohibitive, resulting in a decision to build them 'in house'. Thus Fairchild acquired premises at Farmingdale, Long Island, in which to begin aircraft manufacture, and the company's Fairchild Republic Division is still based at Farmingdale.

As first flown in mid-1926, the Fairchild FC-1 was of braced high-wing monoplane configuration, with a wing that could be folded for storage, a braced tail unit, tailskid landing gear and power provided by a 67kW Curtiss OX-5 8-cylinder Vee engine. The fuselage provided enclosed-cabin accommodation for a pilot and one or two passengers, and there were ample windows and ports for easy use of cameras. After extensive testing during 1926, the FC-1 was re-engined with a 149kW Wright J-4 Whirlwind 9-cylinder radial engine, being redesig-nated FC-1A in this form. Further tests followed into 1927 before a decision was made to put the aircraft into production for general sales under the designation FC-2. This version differed by having increased cabin volume to seat a pilot plus four passengers, and a new Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine (standard) or Curtiss C-6 engine (optional). FC-2s were also available with float or ski landing gear in place of the standard main wheels. A total of 56 FC-2s were built over an eight-month period from 1 June 1927.

Fairchild FC-1 / FC-2

 ENGINE1 x Wright J-5 Whirlwind 9-cylinder radial engine, 149kW
  Take-off weight1633 kg3600 lb
  Empty weight980 kg2161 lb
  Wingspan13.41 m44 ft 0 in
  Length9.45 m31 ft 0 in
  Height2.74 m9 ft 0 in
  Wing area26.94 m2289.98 sq ft
  Max. speed196 km/h122 mph
  Cruise speed169 km/h105 mph
  Ceiling3505 m11500 ft
  Range1127 km700 miles

Fairchild FC-1 / FC-2A three-view drawing (1302 x 670)

Barry, 05.12.2012 12:07

An example of the FC2 can be found at the Canadian Aviation Museum at Rockliffe Ontario.


Edward Steinman, e-mail, 24.09.2011 05:09

Trying to follow the Fairchild story in Aviation History, Nov. 2011. I learned to fly in the Fairchild PT 19 many moons ago. I flew B-26 in Europe and the A-26 in the Pacific. 319th BG. Edward


Dallyn, 12.04.2011 21:52

the planes weight to height proportional gravity x2 is equivilent to the cockpits rotational propaortain x3+2=3


carlos, e-mail, 17.08.2010 07:34

"manuel sateler" es un mentiroso y mitomano, se aprovecha de las personas , tiene serios problemas mentales , se aprovecha de su familia manipulándola.


carlos, e-mail, 17.08.2010 07:28

manuel sateler es un mentiroso y mitomano.


ddddddddd, e-mail, 12.12.2009 15:56



Hubert Flomenhoft, e-mail, 01.09.2009 18:28

My first airplane ride in 1940 was in a FC-2 at the old Northeast Philadelphia airport when it was a grass field. I have a picture of it and I will send it separately to Mr. Sateler. Another picture I took that day is of an aerobatic biplane, which I cannot identify, but which shows a hangar in the background with "NE" and "Northeast Philadelphia" on it.


Manuel Sateler G., e-mail, 23.04.2009 03:11

We are maiden a recontruction of an aircraft like this but we dont have a details of the langing gear


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