Fairchild 24

Fairchild 24

A Golden Age Classic


The Fairchild 24 is a four place private aircraft that was manufactured by the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation in Hagerstown,Maryland.It was very popular in the thirties and forties with sportsman pilots,and is still a very popular today among collectors.

The Model 24 is a civilian aircraft first produced in 1932. Model 24s were built with a variety of in-line or radial air-cooled engines and different passenger-carrying capacities. The sleek H model was powered by an in-line, 165 hp Ranger; the stubbier G model by a seven-cylinder Warner Scarab radial engine producing 145 hp. In 1937 the buyer had a choice of G models, the Standard or the show stopper Deluxe. The Standard could carry four passengers, the Deluxe only three - all the extras added an excess of 60 pounds to the weight of the aircraft. This aircraft is a Deluxe. Built with the wealthy sportsman-pilot in mind, this handsome airplane was no stranger to praise. Among some of the extras were plush upholstery, roll down windows, wing flaps, extra instruments, electric fuel gauges and a hand-rubbed finish. There were more than 1,000 Model 24s produced for the military under the designation UC-61, but many civilian models flew for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). U.S. civilian members of the CAP flew countless patrol and rescue missions during the war using their own personal aircraft.

Span: 36 ft. 4 in.
Length: 24 ft. 7 in.
Height: 8 ft.
Weight: 2,450 lbs. loaded
Armament: None (some CAP aircraft carried small bombs)
Engine: Ranger 6-390-D3 of 165 hp.
Crew: 1 pilot and 2 passengers.(depending on configuration,they could carry 3 passengers.

Maximum speed: 134 mph.
Cruising speed: 126 mph.
Range: 525 miles
Rate of climb 760 ft./min.Service Ceiling: 16,800 ft.

Examples of this aircraft can be seen at the annual EAA Oshkosh and Sun-n-Fun fly-ins as well as the Antique Airplane Association's annual fly-in.

Fairchild 24

The Fairchild 24 pictured above is on display at the Air Force Museum

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