No. 3160. Fairchild 150 (X775N c/n 1500)
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Fairchild 150

02/28/2016. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Fairchild’s Colonel Virginius E. Clark designed one of the first all-metal aircraft, that also became one of the first airliners capable of exceeding 200 mph (322 kmh). Designated Model 150, the aircraft was flown by a crew of two and ten passengers could be seated in the cabin. Registered X775N, the prototype was first flown at Farmingdale, New York, USA on May 22, 1932. Powered by a 700 hp Wright Cyclone R-1820 nine-cylinder radial engine, it was initially fitted with a fixed landing gear.

The manufacturing rights and the prototype were sold to General Aviation Manufacturing Corporation at Dundalk, Maryland in September 1932. The prototype was fitted with a retractable landing gear (pictured) and in January 1934 it was sold to Mitsui Bussan (Mitsui & Co) of Japan, who passed it on to NKKK (Nihon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan Air Lines Company) registered as J-BAEP. Soon thereafter it was registered as M-701 in Manchuria (China) to the Japanese controlled paramilitary Manchurian Airlines. It crashed at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan on May 18, 1934.

Before General Aviation was dissolved in 1935, the company produced four additional examples of this type, designated GA-43:

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