Is it just me or is it unusual to see a fleet of military aircraft lined up alongside grazing cattle? Such was the scene in my neck of the woods in the days of yore.
From 1931 to 1984, Fairchild Aircraft was one of the chief employers in Washington County, Maryland. The workforce was a diverse group – younger and older, male and female – of various levels of education. (At one time or another, three of my grandparents enjoyed the paychecks that Fairchild provided.)
Founded by Sherman Fairchild, the aircraft company was a leader in aerial mapping and photography equipment, and it produced the first U.S. aircraft (the Fairchild FC-1) with a fully enclosed cockpit and hydraulic landing gear.
Over the years, Fairchild manufactured several more models for the military, including the C-123 Provider, a military transport aircraft built for the United States Air Force and later used by the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.