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United States' Fairchild C-61, UC-61 Forwarder, Argus transport

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Fairchild C-61 Forwarder transport:
United States' Fairchild C-61 Forwarder transport
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Fairchild C-61 Forwarder transport:
United States' Fairchild C-61 Forwarder transport
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

The Fairchild UC-61 was based on the Model 24 Forwarder that was appeared in 1932.

Production

Production of the UC-61 started in 1941.

  • C-61 / UC-61: 163
    • Argus Mk I: 161
  • UC-61A: 512
    • Argus Mk II: 364
  • UC-61B / Argus Mk III: 306
  • GK-1: 13
  • Total: 994

Variants

  • GK-1: Similar to UC-61A. Bought by United States Navy in 1940.
  • C-61 / UC-61 / Argus Mk I:
  • UC-61A / Argus Mk II: Installed better radio equipment.
  • UC-61B: Conversions of fourteen Fairchild 24s.
  • UC-61K / Argus Mk III: Installed Ranger engine.

Usage

Australia, Britain, Canada, Finland, and the United States used the UC-61.

Start of World War II

With the start of World War II many of the civilian Fairchilds were pressed into military service in Australia, Canada, and Finland.

Britain

Britain received 831 UC-61s via Lend Lease which was a majority of the UC-61s produced.

Many Flights and Communications Units received the Argus. The No 173 in Heliopolis in Egypt was the only regular Royal Air Force squadron to be equipped with them.

Specifications

  Fairchild C-61, UC-61, Forwarder, Argus
Type Transport
Communications
Crew 1
Passengers 3
Engine (Type) 1: Warner Super Scarab
Cylinders Radial
Cooling Air
HP 165
Propeller blades  
Capacity  
Dimensions  
Span 36' 4"
Length 23' 9"
Height 8'
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 2,500 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed 130 mph
209 kph
Cruising speed 112 mph
180 kph
Climb 700'/minute
213 m/minute
Service ceiling 12,700'
3,870 m
Range 465 miles
748 km
Maximum range 720 miles
1,159 km
Armament  
  Fairchild UC-61A Forwarder, Argus
Type  
Crew  
Passengers  
Engine (Type) Warner R-500 Scarab
Cylinders Radial 7
Cooling  
HP 165
Propeller blades 3
Capacity  
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  Fairchild UC-61A Forwarder, Argus
Type  
Crew  
Passengers  
Engine (Type) Warner R-500 Scarab
Cylinders Radial 7
Cooling  
HP 165
Propeller blades 3
Capacity  
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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