Friday, March 13, 2009
MERKEL MARK II
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,540. Empty wt. 1,200. Fuel capacity 18. Wingspan 25'6". Length 22'9". Engine 220-hp Franklin.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 206. Cruise mph 160. Stall mph 55. Climb rate 2,500. Takeoff run 300. Landing roll 300. Range 250.
This two-seat aerobatic biplane is stressed to a +6Gs and -3Gs limit, and +9Gs to -4.5Gs ultimate. It was first flown in 1973, and its designer, Edwin Merkel, planned to produce the biplane in a two-seater trainer version and a single-place competition model. The Mark II has a lightweight alloy skin on a welded-steel tube fuselage; the wings feature a single-spar torsional structure. Other extras include an anti-servo tab, ground adjustable trim tab, and optional cockpit canopy.