Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,875. Empty wt. 1,218. Engine 100-hp Kinner.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 104. Cruise mph 90. Initial climb rate 800. Ceiling 14,000. Range 340.
Kinner Airplane and Motor Corp. is better-known for radial engines used in many World War II primary trainers, including the Meyers OTW and the Ryan PT- 22, but Kinner also introduced an airplane of its own design in 1932. As might be expected, the side-by-side two-seat Sportster series of low wing taildraggers was powered by 100-hp Kinner five-cylinder radial engines. Some of the Sportsters that are still active have opted for the 125-hp Kinner. The aircraft employed a mixed construction with the conventional fabric-covered wooden wings and fabric-covered steel-tube fuselage combination. Another version, named the Playboy, was a cabin model powered by a 160-hp Kinner. It featured wire-braced rather than strut-braced wings; otherwise, construction was essentially the same.