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

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History of Fairchild Argus HB612

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.

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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