Tuesday, December 16, 2008
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,460. Empty wt. 925. Engine 125 hp Warner Scarab.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 142. Cruise mph 122. Initial climb rate 1,360. Ceiling 14,800.
Davis Aircraft Corp. produced three models of the D4 series two-seat light monoplanes in the early 1930s. Neither of the first two models, the D-1-85 with an 85 hp Le Blond engine or the D-1-K with a 100 hp Kinner engine, can be found active today. The third model, the D1-W was equipped with a 125 hp Warner Scarab seven-cylinder radial air-cooled engine. Very few D1-W models can be found still active. Easily identified by the large “Parasol” type wing and what looks like an over-sized engine for its small, open-cockpit fuselage, the Dl-W features complete dual controls for its tandem seats. The aircraft has a steel-tube fuselage covered with fabric and a two-spar wing.