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Fairchild Model 45

Model 45

Manufacturer: Fairchild Aircraft
First flight: 1935
Primary users: United States Army Air Force United States Navy
Number built: 17

The Fairchild Model 45 is a 1930s American five-seat cabin monoplane aircraft designed and built by Fairchild.

Development

During 1934, the Fairchild company designed a business or executive aircraft with five seats, designated the Model 45. It first flew on 31 May 1935. The Model 45 was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional cantilever tail unit and a retractable tailwheel landing gear. The aircraft was powered by a 225 hp (168 kW) Jacobs L-4 radial engine and had a luxury five-seat interior as standard. Flight testing showed that the aircraft performed well although it was described as sedate.

The company predicted that the Model 45 would have only limited market appeal in that form, so only the prototype was built.

Fairchild then upgraded the protoype with a larger engine, the Wright R-760 radial, for evaluation. In this configuration it was designated the Model 45-A. This configuration was placed in production, with about 16 units being completed.

Operational history

One aircraft was bought as an executive transport by the United States Navy as the JK-1. With the United States' entry into the Second World War two aircraft were impressed into service with the United States Army Air Force as the UC-88.

Variants

45
One prototype powered by a 225 hp (168 kW) Jacobs L-4 radial engine.
45-A
Production aircraft powered by a 320 hp (239 kW) Wright R-760 radial engine, 16 built.
JK-1
One 45-A for the United States Navy.
UC-88
Two 45-As impressed into service with the United States Army Air Force.

Operators

United States

United States Army Air Force
United States Navy

Specifications (45-A)

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1655

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Capacity: 4 passengers
Length: 30 ft 1 in (9.17 m)
Wingspan: 39 ft 6 in (12.04 m)
Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
Wing area: 248 ft (23.04 m)
Empty weight: 2512 lb (1139 kg)
Gross weight: 4000 lb (1814 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Wright R-760-E2 7-cylinder radial piston engine, 320 hp (239 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 170 mph (274 km/h)
Range: 650 miles (1046 km)
Service ceiling: 18,700 ft (5700 m)

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1655

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