Fairchild FC-2W2

Fairchild FC-2W2

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Vectren Dayton Air Show will help salute the centennial celebration by displaying the service’s very first airplane- a 1928 Fairchild. The aircraft is currently owned by Greg Herrick as part of his Golden Wings Flying Museum in Blaine, Minnesota. The Fairchild was originally owned by the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics.


  • The Fairchild was the National Park Service’s very first airplane!
  • The National Park Service (NPS) owned the aircraft from 1936 until
  • 1942 and used it for passenger transport, medical evacuation, mail, payroll, and transportation of supplies!
  • There are also versions of the Fairchild as a seaplane!

Fairchild FC-2W2 FAST FACTS:

Engine: Wasp engine of 410-450 horsepower

Length: 33 feet, 2 inches

Height: 9 feet, 6 inches

Wingspan: 50 feet

Maximum Speed: 134 miles per hour

Ceiling: 15,000 feet

Range: 750 statute miles

Gross Weight: 5,500 pounds

Website: http://www.goldenwingsmuseum.com/collection/AC-Pages/FC-2W2.htm