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American Y1C-24
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The Air Corps bought four American Aircraft & Engine Corp. Pilgrim Model 100-Bs in 1932. These aircraft were designated Y1C-24 and were initially assigned as light cargo transport and supply aircraft. The Pilgrim was similar in design to the Fairchild C-8 and was basically an enlarged version of it. During 1931, the Fairchild Aircraft Co. was reorganized as the American Aircraft & Engine Corp. Later on, the Fairchild name was reinstated as the parent company name.

After a short time in service, the Y1C-24s were adapted for use as aeromedical evacuation aircraft and assigned to pilot training and pursuit aircraft air fields for use as crash rescue planes. The Y1C-24 could take-off and land in a relatively short distance and could carry up to four litter patients.

The Y1C-24s remained in service into the late 1930s when they were replaced by newer air ambulance planes.

Type Number built/
Y1C-24 4 Fairchild/American Model 100-B

Engine: Wright R-1820-1 Cyclone radial of 575 hp
Maximum speed: 136 mph
Cruising speed: 118 mph
Range: 510 miles
Service ceiling: 13,600 ft.
Span: 57 ft. 5 in.
Length: 39 ft. 2 in.
11 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 7,100 lbs. maximum gross weight
One (pilot)
Passenger capacity: Nine (approximately 2,150 lbs.)
Serial numbers: 32-287 to 32-290 

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