Fairchild 24 in flight

Fairchild 24W-40
NC28640

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(2/18/2007)
Visit the pictures section to view a photographic story of the partial restoration done to the Fairchild 24W-40 between September 2004 and April 2006. This section is now complete.

Welcome
Welcome to the website of NC28640, A Fairchild 24W-40 (sn W40-160) based in Morganton, NC. This aircraft has undergone a partial restoration after being damaged in a flood caused by Hurricane Francis. You can read the story here (under construction). This website is still under construction in some places and therefore some links may not work and pages may be incomplete. Follow the navigation buttons on the left part of the screen to access more information about the airplane.

Fairchild News
(July 30, 2007)
Just got back from an unieventful trip up to Oshkosh, WI and back for the annual AirVenture fly-in and airshow.

(April 22, 2007)
I took the Fairchild down to Sun-n-Fun in Lakeland, FL and back without incident. I had a great time down there and saw three other Fairchild 24s. I highly reccomend attending the show if you can get down there. There are a lot of new technologies and aircraft to look at.

(December 18, 2006)
I had my first "incident" in the Fairchild 24. Immediately upon touching down at Hickory, NC, the right brake locked and the airplane ground looped and skidded off of the runway. Luckily, the wings stayed level and I even missed all the runway lights. The brake system was closely inspected and the culprit was determined to be a swelled rubber piece in the master brake cylinder that had swelled up and closed off the hole that allows brake fluid to return into the reservoir. Some minor adjustments were also made to some linkage in the brake system. No harm done.

(August 18, 2006)
The Fairchild 24 has returned from Asheboro. A Garmin GNC-250XL was installed along with the rest of the avionics and intercom equipment. This is the final step in the two year restoration process.

(August 8, 2006)
After returning from Oshkosh AirVenture, We flew the Fairchild to Asheboro to install the avionics and intercom.

(May 31, 2006)
First flight of NC28640 completed successfully!

(April 18, 2006)
First test run of the engine completed successfully.

(March 7, 2006)
Engine is nearly hooked up and we are begining to work on the interior.

(February 21, 2006)
We have mounted the engine and begun hooking everything up.

(February 8, 2006)
The engine has arrived from its major overhaul at Radial Engines Limited in Guthrie, OK.

(October 10, 2005)
The brake cylinders have been overhauled and re-attached.

(June 8, 2005)
We put on the wheels. This includes new bearings, tires, tubes, and rebuilt Hayes brake assemblies.