Tuesday, October 21, 2008
|STANDARD DATA: Gross weight: 1,023 lbs.; Emptyweight: 640 lbs.; Fuel capacity: 12 gals.; Wingspan: 20 ft.; Length: 17 ft. PERFORMANCE: Top speed: 125 mph; Cruise speed: 110 mph; Stall speed: 55 mph; Climb rate: 1,000 fpm; Takeoff run: 500 ft.; Landing roll: 550 ft.; Range: 200 nm.|
The EAA decided in 1955 to develop a single-seat sport biplane as a service to its members. The prototype was built as a classroom project by students of St. Rita’s High School in Chicago. It flew for the first time in 1960. The plane is, in a sense, the predecessor to the Acro-Sport, the difference being that the A-1 Biplane is lighter and uses a smaller engine, an 85 hp Continental. Construction is the same. Plans are no longer marketed.