Friday, April 16, 2010

SORRELL “HIPERBIPE”



STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,911. Empty wt. 1,236. Fuel capacity 39. Wingspan 22'10". Length 20'10". Engine 180-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 170. Cruise mph 160. Stall mph 49. Climb rate 1,500. Ceiling 20,000. Takeoff run 400. Landing roll 595. Range 502.

Even the most advanced aerobatic maneuvers are possible in the Hiperbipe, such as vertical eight-point rolls or inside/outside vertical eights, and the like. But the Hiperbipe doesn’t sacrifice the comforts usually missing with open-cockpit aerobatic models, such as complete carpeting, full electrical system, lights, and radio. Welded steel tubes are used for die fuselage, tail group, engine and landing gear mounts, interplane struts, and flight control systems. Wing construction is all-wood with a stressed skin. Landing gear is the Wittman type. The engine cowling and wheel fairings are fiberglass. The entire airframe is covered with fabric, including the plywood-covered wings.




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