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.
specifications (Model 24 UC-61)
Span: 36 ft. 4 in.
Length: 24 ft. 7 in.
Height: 8 ft.
Weight: 2,450 lbs. loaded
Engine: Ranger 6-390-D3 of 165 hp.
Crew: 1 pilot and 2 passengers, (depending on configuration, they
could carry 3 passengers.