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Model Military Number Name
1932 24 UC-61 Forwarder
1939 62 PT-19* Cornell
1944 78 C-82 Packet
1947 105* C-119 Flying Boxcar
1949 205  C-123 Provider
1955 F-27   Friendship
1972   A-10 Thunderbolt II
1981     Metro III
1998 328JET    
* original model/designation


Model Military Number Name
1926 447    
Sherman Mills Fairchild got his start in the aviation industry by designing his own aerial cameras.  In 1925, Huff-Daland failed to honor a contract with Sherman Fairchild acting as an independent aircraft salesman prompting the creation of Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing Corp. in 1926.  The U.S. Army's first dedicated photo-reconnaissance aircraft, the F-1 of 1929, was a Fairchild product.

1925: Fairchild hires Harold Caminez and forms Fairchild-Caminez to develop the Caminez 447 engine.

1926: Sherman Fairchild forms Fairchild Aviation Corp.

1929: Fairchild takes over Kreider-Reisner which operates as an separate unit until 1936.  Fairchild-Caminez becomes the Fairchild Engine Corporation.

1936: Fairchild forms the Ranger Engine Division.

1964: Fairchild acquires Hiller Helicopters forming Fairchild Hiller.

1965: Fairchild acquires Republic Aviation forming the Republic Division of Fairchild Hiller.

1966: The parent company changes its name to Fairchild Industries.

1972: Fairchild acquires 90% of Swearingen Aviation, the maker of Metro airliners.

1987: Production costs and schedule problems with Fairchild's last aircraft, the T-46, leads to the announcement that Fairchild Industries is leaving the aircraft business.

1989: Fairchild Industries is acquired by Banner Industries which changes its name to The Fairchild Corporation.  The Fairchild Corporation currently focuses on industrial products. 

1991: The Fairchild Corp sells it's Metro plant in San Antonio, Texas.  The new owners take the name Fairchild Aircraft (later Fairchild Aerospace).

1996: Fairchild Aerospace acquires Dornier to form Fairchild Dornier.

2002: Fairchild Dornier files bankruptcy.  The court appointed administrator determines that the company will have to be sold in pieces.

2003: Fairchild Dornier's assets go to AvCraft (Virginia, USA), M7 Aerospace (Texas, USA) and RUAG Aerospace (Switzerland)


Related Websites

Go to the M7 Aerospace website
Go to the AvCraft website
Go to the RUAG website
Go to the Fairchild Club website




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