Well despite the lack of updates here on the website, we’ve been busy the past several weeks in the hangar. Work continues on the Bulldog, as well as on the newly polished Cessna 120. But our new Fairchild 22 has received some care over the summer and is on its way to receiving a cosmetic overhaul as well as a few changes under the covers.
When we acquired the Fairchild 22 last winter, it was a great addition to our existing Fairchild line. Like both of our previous Fairchild’s, a PT-19 and a F24, the F22 arrived in good shape, with just a few things needing attention. Of course once you get the airplane in the hangar to take care of those small things, it seems worthwhile to attend to a few other small details. And down the rabbit hole you go.
Actually it hasn’t been too bad. The main thing we wanted to touch up was finishing the edges on the sheet metal work. We ended up making new landing gear shock strut fairings that blend in to the top of the wheel pants. We also added a fairing for the wing strut to the fuselage and landing gear.
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In 1933-1934 the third version of the popular “Fairchild 22″ series was developed by the Kreider-Reisner for normal operations by the average amateur pilot. The slender lines were made possible by the new 4 cyclinder 125 hp Menasco Pirate inverted inline engine. One of the more handsome of the parasol monoplanes it was also a rugged, good performing airplane at a very sensible price. The Fairchild 22 model C-7-B was and open cockpit parasol- type mono plane with seating arranged for two in tandem. The fly away price for this beautiful airplane from the factory was $3,450.00 (source: Juptner, Joseph P; U.S. Civil Aircraft Series Volume 5 ; 1971 AERO Publishers INC. page 235.)
Here is the Farichld 22 just prior to engine start.
Here is Jim taxing the Fairchild 22 to 34 for departure from Orcas to Concrete.
The Farichild 22 departs Orcas Island with Jim at the controls.
Fairchild 22 in flight photo taken from Museum’s Luscombe. The Menasco purred all the way to Concrete after leaning out.
Arrival at concrete.