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Fairchild FB-3

 

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The Fairchild FB-3 (Flying Boat number 3) was an all-metal flying boat designed by Arthur Stelb and developed by the new Fairchild Metal Boat Division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. The prototype was built at Fairchild's Farmingdale, Long Island facility. The FB-3 was an amphibious high-wing strut-braced monoplane with retractable landing gear, powered by a high pylon mounted pusher configuration radial engine. The two-step hull provided floatation with two outboard floats for stability. The wings used metal spars and ribs with fabric covering. The interior was well finished for its time.

The prototype aircraft (NX7385) was test flown in 1929 but did go into production.

 

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Fairchild FB-3
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340, 420 hp (310 kW)
Wingspan: 52 ft (16 m)
Length: 41 ft (12 m)
Maximum speed: 113 kn; 209 km/h (130 mph)
Cruise speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)
Seats: 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


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