Thursday, March 11, 2010
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 2,500. Empty wt. 1,560. Fuel capacity 72. Engine 350-hp Rodeck V-8.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 300. Cruise mph 250. Initial climb rate 2,500. Ceiling n/a. Range 1,200. Takeoff distance (50') 1,100. Landing distance (50') 1,200.
Back in 1973, George Morse, the founder of Prowler Aviation, saw the need for an alternative aircraft powerplant that was economical, lightweight, powerful, efficient, and wouldn’t break the bank at overhaul time. Morse settled on the Rodeck automotive racing engine. This customized, all-aluminum, and liquid-cooled V-8 develops 350 hp and burns 13 gallons of 100-octane avgas per hour. Prowler Aviation became a reality in 1985, and after three years of development, the Prowler I prototype took to the skies. The World War II fighteresque homebuilt aircraft began to receive its share of notice and the first kit was sold in 1988. The beautiful lines of the Prowler/Jaguar are very reminiscent of the Spitfire from World War II, and the combination airframe/powerplant gives the airplane fighter-like flight characteristics. The aircraft cruises at 250 mph and is fully aerobatic.