A Garmin glass panel brings a fresh view for Cessna
Cessna naysayers would complain that the company’s line of high-wing singles has changed little since its inception, save a continuing, but sometimes diminutive, evolution of enhancement and refinement.
How an accidental friendship led to an Oshkosh champion
The grass around the 1958 Beech Travel Air was beaten down, trampled by thousands of feet, wearing a path around the wings and tail of N100BH. When you see this kind of wear and tear on the ground at Oshkosh, where more than 2,000 show planes sit proudly in the sun, it’s a sure sign that something special has arrived.
STANDARD DATA: Seats 4. Gross wt. 2,600. Empty wt. 1,775. Engine 215-hp Franklin. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 120. Cruise mph 103. Landing mph 53. Initial climb rate 700. Range 560. Ceiling 12,000. About 200 Seabees are currently flying in the United States, with approximately 130 others active in other countries. First made in 1944 and placed more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 5. Gross wt. 4,400. Empty wt. 2,987. Engine 450-hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 212. Cruise mph 200. Landing mph 65. Initial climb rate 1,430. Range 900. Ceiling 24,000. This speedy low-wing cabin airplane received its performance from 450 hp supplied by a Pratt & Whitney nine-cylinder Wasp Junior more »
Waco 1BA Waco UPF-7 STANDARD DATA: (UPF) Seats 2. Gross wt. 2,650. Empty wt. 1,870. Fuel capacity 50. Engine 220-hp Continental. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 138. Cruise mph 123. Climb to 9,000 in 15 minutes. Ceiling 15,800. Waco open-cockpit biplanes were first produced in 1923. The most popular and common survivor is the UPF-7 (PT-14) because more »
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 »