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Fairchild 71

Fairchild 71

Fairchild 71 during restoration

Fairchild 71
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1929 Fairchild 71 NC9135

Although only a few examples still exist as piles of wreckage, this airplane is only one of two Fairchild 71s currently flying.

This aircraft was owned by Braniff Airlines in 1930, and then sold to American Airways Inc., then Lincoln Air Service, and later to Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. Fairchild Aerial Surveys operated the aircraft for 18 years.

The airplane has gone through refurbishment by the Port Townsend Aero Museum over an 18 month period, from early 2009 to late 2010.


Engine – Pratt and Whitney R1340 600hp Wasp

Gross Weight – 5500 lbs

Wing Span – 50’2”

Cruising Speed – 110 mph

Landing Speed – 57 mph

Seat Configuration – 1 pilot, 6 passengers

This is on loan to Port Townsend Aero Museum by Jerry and Peggy Thuotte.

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Fairchild 71 in flight

Fairchild 71

Fairchild 71 Interior

Fairchild 71

Fairchild 71