STANDARD DATA: Seats 1. Gross wt. 12,500. Empty wt. 9,900. Fuel capacity 270-370. Engine 2,300-hp Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 440. Cruise mph 350. Landing mph 100. Initial climb rate 2,500. Range 650. Ceiling 40,000. The Thunderbolt had a reputation as the toughest, heaviest single-engine fighter used in World War II. It more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 1. Gross wt. 804. Empty wt. 584. Fuel capacity 10. Engine 40-hp Volkswagen. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 122. Cruise mph 112. Stall mph 46. Initial climb rate 690. Range 422. Ceiling 19,700. Takeoff run 427. Landing roll 328. Although the Sportavia RF4D had been around since 1966, it wasn’t too widely known until more »
STANDARD DATA: (L-1) Seats 2. Gross wt. 3,332.Empty wt. 2,593. Fuel capacity 48. Engine 285-hpLycoming radial. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 122.Cruise mph 110. Initial climb rate 1,160. Range 280. Ceiling 12,800. The Stinson Vigilant is a two-seat liaison/observation plane powered by a Lycoming nine-cylinder radial engine rated at 285 hp. Its two occupants sit in tandem more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 4. Gross wt. 2,800. Empty wt. 1,690. Fuel capacity 65. Engine 230-hp Continental. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 160. Cruise mph 151. Stall mph 31. Initial climb rate 1,080. Range 1,150. Ceiling 19,200. Takeoff run 270. Landing roll 250. Until the first part of 1972, the Wren Aircraft Corp. in Fort Worth, Texas, manufactured more »
Whether you’re a G-junkie or a wannabe Top Gun, there’s a bird out there for you
Maverick, Goose, Iceman, Tomcat, Sabre, Mustang, hero, testosterone, girls, speed, aerobatics, G-force. What do all these words have in common? Actually, they have two things in common: fighters and daydreams, although they could probably all be bundled into the “daydream” category because there are very few pilots who aren’t, to one degree or another, frustrated fighter pilots.
STANDARD DATA: Seats 6-8. Gross wt. 7,540. Empty wt. 4,700. Fuel capacity 120. Engines 550-hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 155. Cruise mph 141. Stall mph 68. Initial climb rate 714. Range 464. Ceiling 17,000. The Norseman was designed by Robert B.C.Noorduyn in 1934 and entered production in Montreal, Canada, in 1935. Designed more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 2,158. Empty wt. 1,472. Fuel capacity 36. Engine 190-hp Lycoming. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 130. Cruise mph 112. Initial climb rate 975. Ceiling 15,800. Range 275. Maximum range 420. The V-76 Sentinel two-seat liaison and observation airplane was developed from the Model 105 Voyager in 1941 by the Stinson Division more »