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Fairchild 42

Model 41 and Model 42 Foursome

Manufacturer: Fairchild
Designed by: John Lee
First flight: 19 November 1927
Number built: 8

The Fairchild Model 41 Foursome was a light aircraft developed in the United States in the late 1920s and produced as the Model 42 Foursome. It was a conventional high-wing, strut-braced monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The pilot and three passengers were seated within a fully-enclosed cabin, and the aircraft generally resembled a scaled-down version of Fairchild's successful FC-2 design. Two prototypes were built as the Model 41 and Model 41A leading to the Model 42 production version which was built in a small series. This production version differed from the prototypes in having a redesigned, strut-braced empennage in place of the wire-braced unit of the earlier aircraft, and a more powerful version of the same Wright Whirlwind powerplant.

One has been rebuilt & back flying in Alaska NC106M July 2008 with a beaver engine on it, converted to 7 passenger, with rear round windows added. [1]

Specifications (Model 42)

General characteristics

Crew: One pilot
Capacity: 3 passengers
Length: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
Wingspan: 45 ft 6 in (13.86 m)
Powerplant: 1 x Wright J-6, 330 hp (246 kW)


Maximum speed: 130 mph (210 km/h)
Range: 700 miles (1,130 km)

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 353.

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