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Fairchild Argus F-24W41A HB612 at the Ulster Aviation Society


History of the Fairchild Argus

The Fairchild Argus holds a unique place in aviation history as a versatile and reliable utility aircraft. Produced by Fairchild Aircraft, this remarkable aircraft gained popularity during the mid-20th century for its impressive performance and adaptability.


The F-24W41A model, in particular, became synonymous with its robust construction, long-range capabilities, and exceptional handling, making it a sought-after aircraft for various applications.

The significance of the Fairchild Argus lies in its multi-faceted utility and widespread usage across different sectors. Originally designed as a light transport aircraft, the F-24W41A quickly garnered attention due to its ability to operate from short and rough airstrips.


This made it a favourite among bush pilots, aiding in the exploration and development of remote areas. They also served as a reliable platform for aerial photography, surveying, and even as an air ambulance in some instances.

Fairchild Argus F-24W41A HB612 at the Ulster Aviation Society


The Fairchild Argus F-24W41A found its way to the United Kingdom, where it made a notable impact on aviation operations. The aircraft's versatility and sturdy construction made it well-suited for the demanding conditions faced by pilots in the British Isles.


It served as a reliable workhorse for various tasks, including transport, aerial surveillance, and emergency services. The Fairchild Argus F-24W41A became a familiar sight in the UK skies and played an essential role in supporting both civilian and military operations.

History of Fairchild Argus HB612

Our heritage example of the Fairchild Argus F-24W41A, registration HB612 / G-AJSN has a fascinating history.

Constructed in in 1943, it was Registered to USAAF 43-14885 (not taken up). Under Lend Lease it was transferred  to RAF Registration HB612.

Returned to the USAAF as 43-14885 and decommissioned on 5th May, 1947, however the aircraft never returned to the USA.

It was re-registered with the CAA as G-AJSN on 8th May, 1947 at the West London Aero-club and was bought by Hon. Benjamin Bathurst on 13th May 1948.

Was sold to John Redvers-Higgins on 2nd March, 1967, but unfortunately suffered a Ground loop incident in Cork on 10th June, 1967.

It's CAA registration was cancelled on 12th March, 1973.

Fairchild Argus nearly restored at the Phantom "007" FG.1 launch event at the Ulster Aviation Society


It underwent an extensive restoration process by the dedicated volunteer team at the UAS. The restoration effort aimed to bring this historic aircraft back to its former glory, preserving its legacy and paying homage to the remarkable engineering of the Fairchild Argus F-24W41A.

The restored HB612 / G-AJSN stands today as a testament to that dedication and passion and showcases the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail put into the restoration process.


With its gleaming new exterior it offers visitors a glimpse into the rich aviation heritage of the Argus. This restored beauty serves as a captivating reminder of the aircraft's significance in aviation history.

Fairchild Argus HB612 Restoration Images

Manufacturer: Fairchild
Model: Argus F-24W41A (only 30 built)
Operating Life: 1943~1967
Registration: HB612 / G-AJSN
UAS Location: Hangar 2
Served with: RAF
Maximum Speed:  132mph
Cruise Speed:  118mph
Stall Speed with Flaps: 53mph
Engine: 1 × Warner Super Scarab 165bhp
Service Ceiling: 14,000ft
Range: 639mph
Length & Height7.27m x 2.34m
Wing Span: 11.08m
Take-off Distance1,100ft
Landing Distance1,000ft
Capacity: Pilot + 3 passengers
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