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: (TE-18) Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,975. Empty wt. 1,350. Fuel capacity 32. Engine 165-hp Franklin. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 156. Cruise mph 145. Initial climb rate 1,000. Ceiling 17,000. Takeoff distance (50′) 875. Landing distance (50′) 740. The Temco Buckeroo was built in two versions, the Model TE-1A using a 145-hp Continental and the more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2 or 3. Gross wt. 1,800. Empty wt. 1,100. Fuel capacity 34. Engine 120-hp Ken Royce seven-cylinder radial. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 135. Cruise mph 120. Landing mph 48. Initial climb rate 910. Range 609. Ceiling 16,300. The Cloudster was preceded by the 8090 and 8125 versions with two seats each. The 8090 more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 6-7. Gross wt., depending on model, 5,911-7,430 lbs. Empty wt. 3,282-4,685. Fuel capacity 290 gallons Jet Al-JP4-JP5. Engine Pratt & Whitney PT6A 40-64 turboprop, 700 shp. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 345. Cruise mph 288. Initial climb rate 2,300. Ceiling 31,000. Range 1,565 miles at economy cruise. The TBM 700 began as an international more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,270. Empty wt. 775. Engine 100-hp Continental 0-200. PERFORMANCE: Fuel Capacity 21. Cruise speed 107 kts. Initial Rate of Climb 750 fpm. Ceiling 12,500′. Takeoff Roll 450′. Landing Roll 495. Range 317 nm. The two-seat low wing Thorp resembles Piper’s Cherokee line for a reason: Both were designed by more »