Photo of Fairchild Super “71" cargo bush plane, Canadian North c.1935

$50.00 CAD

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Advertising photo ‘postcard’ of a Fairchild Super “71" cargo plane. It was the first "purpose-built" civilian bush plane for use in remote and northern locales in Canada.  It was the first metal-skinned aircraft to be built in the country. 

Photo of two men loading a large wooden structure into a Fairchild Super "71" cargo plane with floats, tied to a dock.

Scarce photo!

Written on negative at bottom:

Fairchild Super “71” One Ton Freighter Pratt & Whitney 520 H.P. T1D1 Engine, with door panel removed for loading bulky freight    P.1089

Written in pencil on back “Canada Fairchild Super 71

On thick paper, size of a postcard (9 x 13.50 cm).

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


The Fairchild Super 71 was a Canadian parasol-mounted high-wing monoplane cargo aircraft built by Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. (Canada). The Super 71 was an entirely new design that was the first "purpose-built" civilian bush plane for use in remote and northern locales in Canada.

Equipped with floats and powered by the 525 hp S1D1 Wasp, the Super 71 prototype, CF-AUJ, flew for the first time on 31 October 1934. After the aircraft completed airworthiness tests. it was loaned to Canadian Airways which conducted operational trials in both Quebec and Ontario before the aircraft was written off after running into a submerged log and sinking off Sioux Lookout, Ontario on 3 October 1940. Although the airframe was salvaged, Fairchild did not replace the aircraft with a completed Super 71 still at the factory, as the company was involved in a complete redesign based on the Super 71P (for photographic) variant that had been developed for the RCAF. A new wing mount and the change to a front cockpit were the two visible changes but the variant also had provision for multiple cameras and additional radio equipment. Two examples were built and placed in service in 1936.