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Developed initially by the Pilgrim Division of Fairchild, it was taken over by General Aviation when General Motors purchased Pilgrim. As stated there were no sales in the U.S.A., owing to the FAA ruling, but two were sold to Swissair, one to Colombian-German carrier SCADTA which had floats and one to Spanish postal airline LAPE. Total production 5
Crew 2 Passengers 10 Power 1 x 700 h.p. Wright R-1820
Span 53'0" Length 43'1" Empty Weight 5,366 lb Gross Weight 8,750 lb
Max Speed 195 mph Range 425 miles
This company became merged into the new North American Aircraft Company, which chose not to develop this particular aircraft further. NA concentrated on developing a highly successful series of training aircraft for the military, as well as the O-47 observation plane for the Army Air Corps. In any case, single-engine airliners were banned by the FAA, so this particular aircraft wouldn't have had any viable future, anyway.
North American aircraft company.
Just to add to the complexity of this design's history, it also was a close sister to the Fairchild Model 150 Pilgrim.
|Bob Morris, 27.03.2010|
American General Aviation Manufacturing Corp. 10 Passenger. 5 "fire-proof" mail compartments in the fuselage and wings. 700 h.p. Wright Cyclone. 160 m.p.h. cruising speed
According to Wikipedia, through a convoluted series of events involving several buy-outs, this was actually the first aircraft ever built by the North American aircraft company.
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