Registration Number 8003
1928 National Air Races Demonstrator
This aircraft is a Fairchild FC-2, serial number 152 (ATC
#10). It was manufactured July 1928 by Fairchild Airplane
Manufacturing Corp., Farmingdale, NY and delivered by air
to Los Angeles powered by a Wright Whirlwind J-5AB engine,
S/N 8974. As a five-place airplane, it weighed 3,000 pounds.
It landed five times at Tucson.
NC8803 sold for $13,950, and it was, “flown
to L.A. for display at Nat’l
Air Races 9/8-16/28. Stored in hangar at Arcadia, Calif.
until sold.” A ferry charge of $400 was added to the
We are pleased to find 8003 landing at Tucson on September 7, 1928
piloted by Richard
H. Depew, Jr. accompanied by passengers
C.B. Alley and Frank Walton. They commented in the remarks
section of the Register: "Splendid field and service".
With their homebase identified as Farmingdale, LI, NY, they were inbound
that morning from El Paso westbound to Los Angeles. Their
schedule was tight, and they probably arrived in Los Angeles
just in time to clean the dust and oil from the airplane and
themselves and put it on display!
It didn’t remain in the hangar at Arcadia for very
long. On October 27, 1928 it sold to George Law of Pajarito Ranch,
Espanola, NM, “for aerial photography.” It had
accumulated 27:30 flight hours, most of that probably the
result of the cross-country flight from NY to CA. On August 8, 1930, we find the airplane signed in the Peterson Field Register, flown by owner Law.
Between February 19 and June 13, 1929 we find it at Tucson four
more times. Each time it was piloted by C.W.
Gilpin. He carried passengers each time, mostly along
the southern tier between Los Angeles – Lordsburg –
El Paso. Refer to the Reinhold reference, left, for mention
of Gilpin and this airplane. In September, 1929 it was flown
back to the factory for, “general overhaul.” It
was still at the factory in January 1930. As of February 12, 1930 it
had accumulated 338 flight hours. On August 8, 1930, we find the airplane signed in the Peterson Field Register, flown by owner Law.
On February 23, 1931 at Albuquerque, NM NC8003 suffered an accident with
owner Law piloting. The airplane was a “washout.”
Pilot Law fared well, as he wrote to the government two months
later, “Wreck moved to Pajarito Ranch, the motor, prop
and instruments are all I can salvage.” Registration
was cancelled April 2, 1931.
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