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Re: Fairchid Husky

Post by Antique Pilot » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:31 pm

valleyboy wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:08 am
Could there have been another engine mod in mind. I was on the fringes of the deal, Barney lent me to Harrison for a cpl weeks and I can remember the husky being in gimli and the bottom line was they were getting together for an engine mod, this was circa 1974, maybe it was a conversion to replace the conversion. Wish my memory wasn't so fuzzy -- :mrgreen: maybe to 1340 ?
I did a bit of digging this evening. I can’t find any info on a conversion to replace the conversion. However there were several engines which were looked at for the original design in 1946. They were: Wright CB-7A, P&W 1340, P&W 985, even a Fairchild Ranger engine. The Ontario Provincial Air Service said that they would buy 20-25 Husky’s but only if they were equipped with the 985 engine. So Fairchild designed the aircraft around the 985 in anticipation of a big order from the OPAS. In the end the OPAS didn’t buy any Husky’s but bought Beavers instead.

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Re: Fairchid Husky

Post by ShakyJake » Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:54 am

I have been looking for specs on the CB-7A engine. Cannot find anything.
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Re: Fairchid Husky

Post by Antique Pilot » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:03 am

ShakyJake wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:54 am
I have been looking for specs on the CB-7A engine. Cannot find anything.
It was 800 hp. Probably some derivative of the R1820.

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Re: Fairchid Husky

Post by oldtimer » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:57 pm

CF-SAQ was purchased new by the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service and flew out of their Regina base in 1947. Legend has it that the SAAS was the worlds first government sponsored dedicated air ambulance service. SAQ was also the airplane Fairchild used to develop a JATO system and when I flew the airplane, it still had the JATO fire push button on the center pedestal and some of the fuselage fittings for the JATO bottles.
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