Fairchild FB-3

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Role Flying boat
National origin United States
Manufacturer Fairchild Metal Boat Division
Introduction 1929
Number built 1

The Fairchild FB-3 (Flying Boat number 3) was an all-metal flying boat developed by the new Fairchild Metal Boat Division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft did not go into production.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The prototype was built at Fairchild's Farmingdale, Long Island facility.[2] The FB-3 was an amphibious high-wing strut-braced monoplane with retractable landing gear, powered by a high pylon-mounted pusher configuration radial engine. The two-step hull provided flotation with two outboard floats for stability. The wings had metal spars and ribs with fabric covering. The interior was well finished for its time.[3]

Operational history[edit]

The prototype aircraft (NX7385) was test flown in 1929 but did go into production.[4]

Specifications (Fairchild FB-3)[edit]

Data from Fairchild Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: four
  • Length: 41 ft (12 m)
  • Wingspan: 52 ft (16 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp Radial, 420 hp (310 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 113 kn; 209 km/h (130 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Range: 565 nmi; 1,046 km (650 mi)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ Joshua Stoff. Long Island Aircraft Manufacturers. 
  2. ^ "Smithsonian Fairchild Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Frank Woodring, Suanne Woodring. Fairchild Aircraft. 
  4. ^ E. R. Johnson. American flying boats and amphibious aircraft: an illustrated history. 

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