Aerauto PL.5C

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The Aerauto PL.5C was a roadable aircraft developed in Italy in the early 1950s. It was a high-wing two-seat monoplane whose wings could be folded to quickly transform it into an automobile. It was different from many such projects in that it used its pusher propeller (powered by a Continental C85) for propulsion not only in the air, but on the road as well. Development was abandoned in 1953.

Designed by aircraft engineer Luigi Pellarini, the Aerauto was built by Carrozzeria Colli in Milan.

Specifications (PL.5C)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1951–52[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Wingspan: 10.2 m (33 ft 6 in)
  • Width: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in) (wings folded)
  • Wing area: 13.2 m2 (142 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 460 kg (1,014 lb)
  • Gross weight: 700 kg (1,543 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental air-cooled flat-four engine, 63 kW (85 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph; 97 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 160 km/h (99 mph; 86 kn)
  • Range: 800 km (497 mi; 432 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,123 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.72 m/s (535 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridgman 1951, p. 150c.
  • Bridgman, Leonard (1951). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1951–52. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd.