Arrow Sport

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Arrow Sport
Arrow Sport Lakeland FL 18.04.07R.jpg
Arrow Sport of 1927 at Lakeland, Florida, in April 2007
Role Sports plane
Manufacturer Arrow Aircraft and Motors
Designer Sven Swanson
First flight 1926
Number built ca. 100
Unit cost
$2985 for an Arrow Sport 85 in 1931

The Arrow Sport was a two-seat sporting biplane aircraft built in the United States in the 1920s and 30s.

Design and construction[edit]

The plane was designed by Swen Swanson and it was of largely conventional configuration with tailskid undercarriage, but was interesting in that the pilot and passenger sat side by side in the open cockpit, and because as originally designed, the fully cantilever wings lacked interplane struts – the upper wing attaching directly to the top of the fuselage. This latter feature proved so alarming to many prospective pilots that the manufacturer later supplied N-type struts that were of no real function other than to allay the aviators' fears.

Survivors[edit]

Arrow Sport A2-60 at the Udvar Hazy Center

Several Sport aircraft flew in the United States in 2009. Nine Sports are preserved in U.S. museums and collections including an example of the A2-60 variant at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.[1] An Arrow Sport Pursuit is on display * Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

Variants[edit]

  • Sport – Two-seat spoting biplane, powered by a 60-hp (45-kW) LeBlond radial piston engine.
  • Sport 85 - 85hp Leblond radial, extra four degrees of dihedrial on lower wing.[2]
  • Sport A2
    • Sport A2-60
    • Sport A2-66
    • Sport A2-90 Tangerine
  • Sport Pursuit (renamed Sport K in 1935) – Improved version, powered by a 100-hp (75-kW) Kinner K-5 radial engine.

Specifications (A2-60)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 3 in (5.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 25 ft 9 in (7.8 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 5 in (2.2 m)
  • Empty weight: 900 lb (408 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × LeBlond 5, 60 hp (45 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h)
  • Range: 280 miles (450 km)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Ogden, 2007, p. 572
  2. ^ Popular Aviation: 15. July 1931. 
Bibliography
  • Ogden, Bob (2007). Aviation Museums and Collections of North America. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-385-4. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 81. 

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