Sherman Mills Fairchild"Shelly" Fairchild loved aerial photography. By 1925, Fairchild created a group of aircraft companies for aerial photography, the manufacture of airframes, and power plants. Fairchild also bought two materials processing companies: the Duramold Aircraft Corporation in 1937, and the Al-Fin Corporation in 1941. Fairchild started to research the forming and bonding processes in aircraft manufacture.
According to the Fairchild Corporation, "In the mid-1930s, Fairchild pioneered the application of composite structures to airframe design and production - duramold. The adhesive bonding processes and techniques are still followed in the manufacture of composite structures today. Fairchild also developed the first nine-lens mapping camera for the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1936."
Duramold AircraftThe duramold aircraft was an aircraft built with a molded wooden fuselage. Duramold was originally developed by Colonel V. E. Clark, famous for the Clark Y airfoil. The Duramold Aircraft Company became a subsidiary of the Fairchild Corporation, the photo to the right depicts the F-46 designation for Fairchild carried by the craft.