Fairchild M-84

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Fairchild M-84
Role Light aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Fairchild Aircraft
Designer Armand Thieblot
First flight December 1945
Unit cost
$8,000-10,500 in 1945[1]
Developed from Fairchild PT-19

The Fairchild M-84 was a four-seat cabin aircraft designed using PT-19 components.

Design and development[edit]

With a large number of surplus trainers available on the post-Second World War market, Fairchild sought a way to modify its existing M-62 trainer and tooling into a four-place personal aircraft. The M-62 was a low-wing, fixed landing gear, open cockpit aircraft. The steel-tube fuselage was widened, a cabin structure was added and retractable landing gear were retrofitted using many of the same gear leg and strut parts. The wing outer panels and tail section remained unchanged. An inline engine installation was initially designed,[2] but a Continental Motors radial was installed. With the introduction of the Beechcraft Bonanza, Ryan Navion, Bellanca Cruisair and the TEMCO F-24 at about the same time, the market was considered too saturated to produce the M-84.[3]

Operational history[edit]

The first flight occurred in December 1945. The prototype was used as an executive transport for five years. On 29 May 1951, the M-84 was donated to Washington County, Maryland with chief pilot Richard A. Henson taxiing the aircraft to the Hagerstown High School in a parade. The aircraft was never used for education and eventually was scrapped after years of vandalism.[3]

Specifications (M-84)[edit]

Data from AAHS

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three
  • Gross weight: 3,300 lb (1,497 kg) [4]
  • Fuel capacity: 48 US gal (180 l; 40 imp gal)[4]
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental W-670-6N Radial piston, 220 hp (160 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed electrically adjustable wood

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 152 kn; 282 km/h (175 mph) [4]
  • Cruise speed: 130 kn; 241 km/h (150 mph) [4]

Avionics

  • Lear radios

See also[edit]

Related development

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flying Magazine: 78. August 1945. 
  2. ^ Flying Magazine: 127. June 1945. 
  3. ^ a b Kent A. Mitchell (Summer 1992). "Fairchild M-84 Family Plane". AAHS Journal. 
  4. ^ a b c d Air Pictorial October 1959, p. 363.
  • "Spotter's Notebook: A Little Known Fairchild". Air Pictorial. Vol. 21 (No. 10): p. 363. October 1959. 

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