Friday, April 16, 2010
SEQUOIA F. 8L “FALCO”
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,808. Empty wt. 1,212. Fuel capacity 31. Wingspan 26'3". Length 21'4". Engine 160-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 212. Cruise mph 190. Stall mph 62. Climb rate 1,140. Ceiling 19,000. Takeoff run (50') 1,150. Landing roll (50') 1,150. Range 870.
The Falco is a two-place aircraft (with an optional third seat for a child) that offers an unbeatable combination of high-speed cross-country travel with complete acrobatic capability. Designed by an Italian, Stelio Frati, a Falco equipped with an optional Christen inverted fuel and oil system is capable of unlimited inverted flight and the full range of aerobatic maneuvers. Landing gear are fully retractable, activated by a simple mechanical system. Designer Frati has been responsible for such airplanes as the Waco Meteor/SF 260 and the F20 Pegaso. Between 1956 and 1968, 101 Falcos were built as production aircraft. Earmarked for homebuilt construction in the United States through Sequoia Aircraft Corp., the Falco is made of wood, except for the firewall forward, the landing gear, and the sliding canopy. Fuselage and wing skins are Dacron. Power is supplied by either a 150- or 160-hp Lycoming behind a fixed-pitch or constant-speed prop. Gear and flaps are operated electrically.