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The first aircraft purchased by the NACA was this Fairchild FC-2W2. Marked as "NACA 26," this aircraft was the first to be flown in a NACA paint scheme. The colors applied to this Fairchild were blue fuselage, silver wings and tail. The wing had a yellow stripe down the middle, from tip to tip. A red, white and blue shield was added to the rudder. It was used by NACA in an effort to correlate wind tunnel and flight aerodynamic characteristics. Date 1929.
A 1927 FC-2W, the oldest American Airlines plane to ever fly. NASA Center: Langley Research Center. Image#: L-03546. Date: 01/01/1929.