Saturday, August 1, 2009
AMERICAN EAGLECRAFT “EAGLET”
|STANDARD DATA: (1930) Seats 2. Gross wt. 922. Empty wt. 509. Engine 45-hp Szekely, three-cylinder radial.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 90. Cruise mph 75. Landing mph 25. Initial climb rate 700. Ceiling 14,500.
STANDARD DATA: (1965) Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,050. Empty wt. 638. Engine 50-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 92. Cruise mph 75. Landing mph 28. Initial climb rate 700. Range 225. Ceiling 14,500.
The Eaglet, a light two-seat monoplane, endured several changes in ownership during its lifetime. It was originally built by the American Eagle Aircraft Corp. In 1931, its production was taken over by the American Eagle-Lincoln Aircraft Company when its parent company merged with the Lincoln Aircraft Company. In the same year, the company changed its name to the Victor H. Roose Aircraft Co. The Roose company continued the production of the Eaglet powered by a Szekely radial engine. Its braced high-wing structure was of the conventional wooden two-spar type with fabric covering. The fuselage utilized a rectangular structure of welded steel tubes and was also covered with fabric. Its single large cockpit had room for two to sit in tandem fashion with dual controls. The Eaglet’s production was taken over by the American Eaglecraft Co. in the 1960s. The company built an aircraft that was basically a modernized version of the famous Eaglet of the 1930s.