Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

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Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby mattrix10 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:52 pm

Here is another find from LIFE magazine cache - an elegant Swallow coupe floatplane. You can find it by browsing the LIFE resource under "Tommy Hitchcock" entry.

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http://www.gstatic.com/hostedimg/321e248a21d2465b_large
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http://www.gstatic.com/hostedimg/153da6da65696a57_large
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http://www.gstatic.com/hostedimg/dcdfb5be8c49f461_large
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I cannot however pinpoint the correct model designation (could anyone help please). The Civil Aircraft Register is rather laconic in this matter - she is listed as just "Swallow" for both cases, i.e. NC1688 or NC1689 as the last number is partially obscured (could be either "3", "8" or "9").
Apparently in 1939 she was operated by, than famous polo-player, Mr. Tommy Hitchcock.
To me the aircraft looks very much like Fairchild 24W-9.
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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby TASSE » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:09 pm

If it had two wings it would look like a Waco.

This is a new one to me.

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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby solidmodeler » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:28 pm

Fairchild 24 with a radial engine and floats. Here is a similar example with a Menasco(?).
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http://acepilots.com/pioneer/airscan0010.jpg
http://acepilots.com/airplanes/country/american/fairchild-models-24-c8-c-and-c8-d/
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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby TASSE » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:41 am

Thank you, that puts my mind at rest.

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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby solidmodeler » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:12 am

Most of the aircraft with registration numbers between NC16800 and NC16909 were different variants (A,C,G & H) of the Fairchild 24.
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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby mattrix10 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:22 am

Thnak you very much gentlemen. Should we rename the topic?
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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby MrWidgeon » Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:13 pm

solidmodeler wrote:Fairchild 24 with a radial engine and floats. Here is a similar example with a Menasco(?).
Image
http://acepilots.com/pioneer/airscan0010.jpg
http://acepilots.com/airplanes/country/american/fairchild-models-24-c8-c-and-c8-d/


Not a Menasco, but an inverted 6 cylinder Ranger engine, most likely 145 hp.
They also used 150 hp and 165 hp Rangers, but since I can't make out the registration I'm not sure.
The Model 24 C8DS was the first of the series put on floats and it used the 145 hp engine.
The Ranger engines were made by a division of Fairchild Aircraft, so it would stand to reason ........
(Although the second version of the Model 24 - the Model 24 C8B used a 125 hp Menasco engine)
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Re: Unidentified Swallow (?) floatplane

Postby barnstormer » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:54 pm

In the first set of plane photos, the engine is obviously a Warner Radial, probably a 145 hp. The floats appear to be EDO 1320s, with the ball and socket strut to deck fittings.
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