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Pitcairn Mailwing

(RCAF Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing, RCAF Reg. G-CYXJ, G.

The Pitcairn Mailwing family was a series of American mail carrier and three-seat sport utility biplane aircraft produced from 1927 to 1931.

The Pitcairn Mailwings were developed to carry air mail for the U.S. Postal Service. Of simple and robust construction, they had relatively benign flying characteristics.

They were constructed using chrome-moly steel tube and square-section spruce spars with spruce and plywood built-up ribs. The fuselage was faired using wooden formers and covered with fabric. The tail sections were built up from steel tube and fabric-covered. The Pitcairn Mailwing had a ground-adjustable fin and in-flight adjustable tailplane.

The undercarriage was of outrigger type with Oleo-Spring shock absorbers and disc brakes on the mainwheels. All versions looked very similar and changes were minor, with several fuselage extensions being the most obvious.

The mail was carried in a fireproof metal-lined compartment forward of the pilot's cockpit. The Mailwings were flown extensively by the U.S. Air Mail service from 1927 until the end of dedicated Air-Mail routes.

Pitcairn also built the same aircraft in sport versions for private use. These aircraft had the mail compartment removed, and a side-by-side two-seat cockpit was fitted. Wikipedia

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1)
last update: 2021-09-19 19:17:32

Mailwing G‑CYXJ


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Picked up at factory by Tuddy Tudhope in March 1928. Used by Station Flight, Camp Borden, for air mail trials. Operated by S/L Tudhope on route surveys in Quebec in 1928, and Alberta and BC in 1930. Struck poles on takeoff from St. Hubert on 5 May 1928, repaired. Ferried by Tudhope to western Canada from 14 May 1929, via South Bend, Indiana, Lacrosse, Wisconsin, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Back at Ottawa by 8 June 1929. Category B damage on 24 July 1931. last update: 2024-February-19
   1928-April-03 Registration Issued Certificate of Registration issued 2019-08-20
   1928-April-03 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1932-January-20 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 199

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