Sherman Fairchiid founded Fairchiid Airplane Manufacturing Corporation in 1925. Changed to Fairchiid Aviation Corporation in 1929 when The Aviation Corporation acquired controlling interest. Sherman Fairchiid withdrew in 1931, retaining a subsidiary, Kreider-Reisner Corporation, Hagerstown, Maryland, which was renamed Fairchiid Aircraft Corporation in 1935; became Fairchiid Aircraft Division, Fairchiid Engine and Airplane Corporation, in 1939; Fairchiid Stratos Corporation in
Fairchild FC-1 / FC-2
FC-1 / FC-2
1961; Fairchiid Hiller Corporation in 1964 on acquisition of Hiller Aircraft Company, acquiring Republic Aviation Corporation in September 1965 and this becoming the Republic Aviation Division of Fairchiid Hiller Corporation and, later, the Fairchiid Republic Company division of Fairchiid Industries; Fairchiid Industries Inc in 1971 (acquired 90 percent interest in Swearingen Aviation Corporation in November 1971, which became Fairchiid Aircraft Corporation in 1982). Metro Aviation, with 97 percent shareholding in Fairchiid Aircraft Corporation, sold by Fairchiid Industries to GMF
Fairchild C-82 Packet
C-82 "Packet"
Investments, but in 1990 Fairchiid Aircraft filed for bankruptcy protection and was sold to Fairchiid Acquisition Incorporated that year; name for producer of Metro, Merlin, and Expediter series of twin-turboprop commuter airliner, executive transport and freighter aircraft (plus MMSA multi-mission surveillance aircraft variant of Metro 23) became Fairchild Aircraft Incorporated. Finally, in June 1996 parent company Fairchild Aerospace bought 80% of the German manufacturer Dornier Luftfahrt from Daimler-Benz Aerospace, resulting in Fairchild Aerospace owning all of the renamed Fairchild
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
C-119 "Flying Boxcar"
Dornier U.S.A. Fairchild Aircraft Incorporated and 80% of Fairchild Dornier Germany Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH.

Fairchild built FC-1, FC-2 and Model 71 lightplanes 1925-1931. Continued production of Kreider-Reisner Model 24C8, later supplied in four-seat version as USAAF UC-61 Forwarder and as RAF Argus. M-62 Cornell trainer introduced 1940 with variety of engines. AT-21 gunnery trainer entered production in 1942. C-82 Packet twinboom cargo/troop transport flown September 1944; superseded by developed C-119, first flown November 1947. Manufactured 326 C-123 Providers 1954-1958, designed by
Fairchild C-123 Provider
C-123 "Provider"
Chase Aircraft. License-production of Fokker F-27/FH- 227 airliner began 1957; 205 built. Hiller UH-12 and H- 1100 helicopters continued in production after acquisition of Hiller company. Production of Pilatus Turbo-Porters begun June 1966; 15 of COIN version delivered to USAF as AU-23A Peacemaker, transferred to Royal Thai Air Force. In 1967 work initiated on 52 USAF AC-119 gunships. Contracts awarded after acquisition of Republic for weapons delivery enhancement of F-105 Thunderchief, subcontract assemblies for McDonnell Douglas F-4, Boeing 747.
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
A-10 "Thunderbolt II"
Won USAF A-X competition for close-support aircraft, prototype YA-10A flown 10 May 1972; production of A- 10A Thunderbolt II ended 1984 after 713 built, and will remain in U.S. service until the year 2028 in A-10A attack and 0A-10A forward air control variants with the USAF, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve (Lockheed Martin won contract in 1998 to provide long-term support for the fleet). Main feature of A-10A is nose-mounted GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm seven-barrel cannon with 1,174 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition. Also manufactured wings for Merlin and Metro twin-turboprop aircraft.

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