Tuesday, December 16, 2008
CHRISTEN “EAGLE II”
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,578. Empty wt. 1,025. Fuel capacity 26. Wingspan 19'11". Length 18'6". Engine 200-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 184. Cruise mph 165. Stall mph 58. Climb rate 2,100. Ceiling 17,000. Takeoff distance (50) 1,250. Landing distance (50') 1,575. Range 380.
The Eagle II is a two-seat sporting biplane that can be used for unlimited-class aerobatics as well as for advanced training. The Eagle II and II-F have a full electrical system (starter-alternator-battery). The Eagle II uses a 200-hp engine with constant-speed propeller. The Eagle II-F uses a 260-hp engine with fixed-pitch propeller. Characterized by their startling paint scheme, the Eagles feature swept symmetrical wings, a strong fuselage, and a blown canopy that covers both cockpits. With a roll rate of 187 degrees/second and a power loading of 7.89 lbs./hp, the Eagle is a strong performer. The fuselage is finished in metal from the cowling back to the rear cockpit. The midsection, all the way to the empennage, is covered in fabric. The fabric-covered wings are built with aluminum ribbing over spruce spars. The amateur builder has the option of buying 25 kits in sequence, starting with the ailerons, to test his or her dexterity. The intention of the Eagle is to provide the homebuilder with an easy-to-build unlimited aerobatic airplane. Currently available through Aviat Aircraft.