Wednesday, June 30, 2010

VAN’S AIRCRAFT, INC. “RV-3”



STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,050. Empty wt. 695. Fuel capacity 24. Wingspan 19'11". Length 19'. Engine 125-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 195. Cruise mph 185. Stall mph 48. Climb rate 1,900. Ceiling 21,000. Takeoff run 200. Landing roll 300. Range 600.

Richard Van Grunsven’s all-metal single-seat monoplane won the “Best Aerodynamic Detailing” award at the 1972 EAA Fly-in. The wings are built around a single I-beam spar and a lighter rear spar. The fuselage and tail unit are built of light alloy, and the engine is covered with a fiberglass cowling. The conventional landing gear has Cleveland brakes and fiberglass wheel fairings.




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