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Juptner, Joseph. 1962-1981. U.S. Civil Aircraft. Volumes 1-9. Aero Publishers, Inc. Fallbrook, CA.


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Fairchild NC81M was certificated June 10, 1929 (ATC 242) as a four-place airplane with a 330hp Wright J-6 engine. It was a large airplane with a wingspan of 45'6". It was 30'6" long and carried a load of 1448 pounds. It had folding wings for storage convenience. It was relatively expensive at $13,000, but it was accessorized very nicely with leather interior trimmed in grain walnut, and kapok soundproofing. It was later converted to a 5-place airplane.

NC81M landed twice at Tucson, both times flown by Sidney DuBoise. He first landed on Tuesday, September 3, 1929. Based at Oakland, CA, he carried Mrs. DuBoise as sole passenger. They were westbound from El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA. They remained overnight, departing at 8:00 the next morning. He wrote cryptically in the Remarks column of the Register, "Glad to get out".

Fairchild 42 NC81M With Phillip Harris, Date & Location Unknown
Fairchild 42 NC81M, Date & Location Unknown

DuBoise's second visit was on Sunday, February 9, 1930. He carried three unidentified passengers on what appeared to be a day-trip to Tucson from Phoenix, AZ. They arrived at 11:00AM; returning to Phoenix at 4:00PM.



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The image of the Fairchild at left is shared with us by Jeanne Harris. Her father, Phillip Harris stands in front of the airplane. He is not among the listings of pilots or passengers who visited the Airfield and signed the Register. He was trained as a photographer in the US Army Air Corps and just happens to be posed in front of our airplane.

Since Harris' military duty period was from 1935 into the 1940s, this image was taken at least five years after NC81M landed at Tucson. The exact date is unknown. The location is probably California, as that is where Harris was stationed.

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