Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fairchild/McDonnell AT-21 “Gunner”

42-48413 Fairchild AT-21-MM McDonnell BuiltFairchild AT-21 00 A little known fact about McDonnell Aircraft is that in the early days, they looked for any work they could find in order to keep the doors open!

One of the jobs they found to work was to help build the Fairchild AT-21 “Gunner” for the war effort.

As Aviastar.org puts it: “Of the 175 AT-21’s constructed, 106 were built by Fairchild and, to speed deliveries to the USAAF, 39 were built by Bellanca Aircraft Corporation and 30 by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation at St Louis.”

The first photo above is McDonnell built AT-21 # 42-48413. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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