Monday, March 15, 2010

CULVER CADET


1939–41



STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,305. Empty wt. 730. Fuel capacity 20. Engine 80-hp Franklin or 75-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 140. Cruise mph 120. Stall mph 45. Initial climb rate 800. Range 600. Ceiling 17,500.

The Culver Aircraft Co. was formed to take over Dart Manufacturing Corporation’s production of the Dart Model G in 1939. A new aircraft, similar to the Dart in appearance, but smaller, was designed and soon became known as the Cadet. The aircraft was modified and in 1940 became the Model LCA. Production of the wooden aircraft lasted until the next year when the Culver company closed its civilian works to concentrate on military contracts. The LCA was powered by a 75-hp Continental engine, while a similar version, the LFA, was powered by an 80-hp Franklin four-cylinder engine.



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