Fairchild FC-2W

Fairchild FC-2W

This single-engine high-wing monoplane first flew in June, 1926. The fuselage seats four passengers, in pairs (on bench seats) behind the pilot. Two doors on the right side allow access. The aircraft has earned a reputation for toughness and reliability.

Some modifications have been made to the aircraft of the Starkweather-Moore Expedition, as follows: non-retractable ski landing gear, short range radio equipment including direction finder, clock-driven sun compass, artificial horizon, motion picture camera rack and optically flat window, a hoisting eye atop the fuselage, and an electric engine heater. A heated cabin is standard equipment. The wings can be folded back alongside the fuselage by two men, in about two minutes time.

The power plant is one Pratt & Whitney “Wasp” S1H1-G nine cylinder air-cooled radial, 550 HP. Features include inertia (hand cranked) and electric (battery) starter, and a 12 gallon oil
tank (normally filled with 10 gallons, to allow for expansion). The engine uses 25 gallons of gasoline per hour at ‘cruise’ setting, or 35 gallons per hour at full power. Total fuel capacity is
220 gallons, carried in wing tanks. Engine overhauls are needed after 300 hours of operation.

SPECS
empty weight 2,050 lbs. (no fuel, oil, cargo or passengers; includes seats, radios, etc.
maximum gross weight 4,600 lbs.
emergency overload 5,000 lbs. cannot take off at high altitudes at this weight
each crew/passenger 200 lbs. ncluding clothing, worn equipment, etc., for planning purposes
emergency supplies 230 lbs. per person aboard
each passenger bench 15 lbs. two aboard; can be removed to make space for cargo
gasoline, per gallon 6 lbs. 1,320 lbs. when all tanks filled
lube oil, per gallon 7.5 lbs. 75 lbs. when full
radio set 50 lbs. could be tossed out in emergency
DIMENSIONS
wingspan 50’
length 31’
height 9’ standing on landing gear
PERFORMANCE
cruise speed 115 miles per hour
max speed 130miles per hour
stall speed 45 miles per hour
ceiling 15,500’ assuming not above max total weight limit
range 1,000 miles
takeoff/landing 600’ at maximum gross as little as 500’ light; 1200’ landing on skis

Fairchild FC-2W

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