Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rare Fairchild boat

It's rare I come across a flying boat* I've never heard of before, being somewhat a fan of the species.  But scrolling through a Flickr account, I encountered this remarkable looker for, I think, the first time.  At a guess it may not have become famous due to being underpowered, or possibly having some unpleasant water characteristics - but I could be quite wrong!  Any Fairchild FB-3 fans out there?

Fairchild FB-3 NX7385

Fairchild's first flying boat (there doesn't seem to be an FB-1 or 2). Only one built, 1929. Four place all metal monoplane powered by one pusher Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp, then only producing 410hp. Wings and tail were fabric covered metal structures, hull was aluminum clad. Span 52', length 41 feet, top speed 130mph.

Credit to 'Batman 60' at his Flickr account here.  Check it out, lots of neat stuff. More on the FB-3 here, and links to more photos.

* Strictly speaking it's an amphibian.

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