In 1936 the U.S. Navy acquired a single example of the five-seat Fairchild Model 45, for use primarily as a staff transport for more senior officers, but also for general communication duties. This aircraft was given the designation JK. It was a typical light transport aircraft of the 1930s, having a cantilever low-wing monoplane, and a fabric-covered welded-steel tube body. In early 1942, when civil aircraft were impressed to serve with the U.S. armed forces (until the U.S. industry had geared itself up to large-scale production), the U.S. Navy acquired two additional examples of the Model 45. These were designated JK-1, and were used for general communication and transport duties.Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
Type: transport/communication aircraft Crew: 5 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 30' 3" (9.22 m) Height: 8' 0" (2.44 m) Wingspan: 39' 6" (12.04 m) Wing area: 248 sq. ft (23.04 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2512 lb (1139 kg) Max Weight: 4000 lb (1814 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Wright R-760-E2 Whirlwind 7 radial Horsepower: 320 hp Performance: Range: 840 miles (1352 km) Cruise Speed: 164 mph ( 264 km/h) Max Speed: 170 mph ( 274 km/h) Ceiling: 19,000 ft (5790 m)
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