Born during the Great Depression, the Fairchild F24 was a popular aircraft during much of the production run from 1932 to 1948. Originally conceived as a two seater, the F24 added additional seats in the first few years to become a comfortable four seater with easy handling characteristics.
The airplane was available with two different engines, the in-house built inline six cylinder Ranger, and a seven cylinder Scarab radial from Warner. The Ranger offered 145 initially, and eventually was upgraded to 145hp, 165hp, 175hp and 200hp. The Scarab started with the 125hp in the early models and moved on to the 145hp, and eventually 165hp.
Popular with businessmen and Hollywood actors during the 1930s, the F24 had a sturdy landing gear that allowed for easy off pavement landings. The vertical oil dampened cylinders on the landing gear was a bit more complex than many undercarriages of the time, but made for a solid landing gear that could absorb plenty of bumps.
During WWII, the F24 was used by the Navy as instrument trainers, the Coast Guard as light transport and extensively by the Civil Air Patrol for anti-submarine patrols. They were even equipped with 100 pound bombs for the patrols.
Our Fairchild is an 1938 F24G model (which sold new for $5290). It was originally purchased by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (predecessor to the FAA) and used for transporting officials. The F24G is one of our more recent acquisitions after being purchased in the summer of 2007. With an elegant interior, and its easy to fly handling, the Fairchild is truly a way to experience the luxury flying of the 1930s.
1938 Fairchild F24G S/N – 2826 N23E
Empty Weight: 1,813 lbs
Gross Weight: 2,550 lbs
Cruise Speed: 115 mph
Range: 400 miles