The Kreider-Reisner Company of Hagerstown, Maryland, was renamed the Fairchild Aircraft Company in 1935. Its Model 24-C three-seat touring airplane was first produced in 1933. Various modifications led to the -24R and -24W models, produced in 1939. The 24W-41 was developed for service with the USAAC as the UC-61 Forwarder, but, of 163 built, only 2 were retained. The rest were supplied to the United Kingdom under lend-lease and were known as the Argus I. It was adopted as the Air Transport Auxiliary's sta ndard transport for the carriage of ferry pilots. A further 512 UC-61As were built to a USAAC order, with 364 of these going to the U.K. as Argus IIs. A number of civil models were also impressed into Army Air Corp service in 1942, designated UC-61B to UC-61J. The U.S. Navy use of the Fairchild 24 was limited to two J2K-1s and two J2K-2s acquired for the U.S. Coast Guard in 1936. A further 13 24W-40s were acquired by the Navy in 1940 and 1942 for instrument training and personnel transport under the design ation GK-1.
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Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder
Type: liason & communication aircraft/instrument trainer Crew: 4 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 23' 9" (7.24 m) Height: 7' 7.5" (2.32 m) Wingspan: 36' 4" (11.07 m) Wing area: 193.3 sq. ft (17.96 sq. m) Empty Weight: 1613 lb (732 kg) Max Weight: 2562 lb (1162 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Warner R-500 Super Scarab radial Horsepower: 165 hp Performance: Range: 640 miles (1030 km) Cruise Speed: 117 mph ( 188 km/h) Max Speed: 132 mph ( 212 km/h) Ceiling: 15,700 ft (4785 m)
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