Bakeng Deuce

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Deuce
Bakeng Duce C-GPLL 01.JPG
Role Homebuilt aircraft
Manufacturer Bakeng Deuce Airplane Factory
Designer Jerry Bakeng
First flight 2 April 1970
Status In production (2011)
Number built 112 (2011)
Bakeng Duce front view
Bakeng Duce rear view

The Bakeng Deuce (formerly the Duce) is a parasol-wing monoplane designed in the United States in the early 1970s and marketed for homebuilding. Plans and parts are still available in 2007, although the rights have changed hands in the intervening years.[1]

A biplane derivative, the Double Duce was also available at one time.[citation needed]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft configuration - two open cockpits in tandem, the parasol wing, and the fixed tailwheel undercarriage - hearkens back to designs of the "Golden Age" of aviation in the 1920s and 30s. However, the Duce was an all-new design by former Boeing engineer Jerry Bakeng, the aesthetics of which were acknowledged with the Outstanding New Design Trophy at the 1971 EAA fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Two hundred sets of plans had been sold by 1979. The fuselage construction is of welded steel tube with the forward part skinned in metal and the rear in fabric. The wings are wooden ribs and spars with fabric covering and are removable for transport or storage.[citation needed]

Rights to the Deuce were purchased by the Bakeng Deuce Airplane Factory in March 1999 and the spelling of the aircraft's name was changed at this point.[1]

Specifications (Deuce)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 20 ft 9 in (6.33 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 4 in (9.25 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,050 lb (476 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,650 lb (748 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-290, 150 hp (112 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 140 mph (225 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,660 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 44. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851