Fairchild FB-3

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FB-3
Role Flying boat
National origin United States
Manufacturer Fairchild Metal Boat Division
Introduction 1929
Number built 1

The Fairchild FB-3 (Flying Boat number 3) was an all-metal flying boat developed by the new Fairchild Metal Boat Division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft did not go into production.[1]

Design and development

The prototype was built at Fairchild's Farmingdale, Long Island facility.[2] The FB-3 was an amphibious high-wing strut-braced monoplane with retractable landing gear, powered by a high pylon-mounted pusher configuration radial engine. The two-step hull provided floatation with two outboard floats for stability. The wings had metal spars and ribs with fabric covering. The interior was well finished for its time.[3]

Operational history

The prototype aircraft (NX7385) was test flown in 1929 but did go into production.[4]

Specifications (Fairchild FB-3)

Data from Fairchild Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: four
  • Length: 41 ft (12 m)
  • Wingspan: 52 ft (16 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340 Radial, 420 hp (310 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 113 kn; 209 km/h (130 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

  1. Joshua Stoff. Long Island Aircraft Manufacturers.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Smithsonian Fairchild Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Frank Woodring, Suanne Woodring. Fairchild Aircraft.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. E. R. Johnson. American flying boats and amphibious aircraft: an illustrated history.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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