Developed as an efficient camera plane in 1927, the Fairchild FC-2 was the production version of Sherman Fairchild's first airplane, the FC-1. It could cruise for long distances at high altitudes because it had an enclosed cabin to protect the crew and equipment. The basic design was so good that the airplane's duties rapidly expanded to include airmail delivery, passenger flights, freight hauling, and bush flying.
The Fairchild FC-2 on exhibit was one of the first airplanes flown by Pan American-Grace Airways (Panagra) in South America. It made the first scheduled passenger flight in Peru, from Lima to Talara on September 13, 1928. It could carry five persons, including the pilot.
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