The Fairchild M-224-1 Fledgling was powered by a 1,024 shp General Electric YT58-GE-2 turboshaft engine turning four three-bladed Harzell metal propellers. The open cockpit had room for the pilot as well as a jump seat. The aircraft could either sit on its forward tricycle landing gear or rest on its two main wheels and a tail skid, providing the Fledgling with 30° of inherent rotation to enhance the "bucket's" effectiveness. Small rotors at the top of the T-tail controlled pitch during hover.

 

Tethered tests were made in late 1959, but it never flew.

 

Source: AHS V/STOL Wheel

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Other

Compound type: N/A

Lift configuration: Deflected slipstream (x4)

Dedicated control device: Other (x2)

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

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Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 1

Weights and Performance

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