|Role||Formula 1 racing aircraft|
approximately $2020 to build in 1971
The Cassutt Special is a tiny single-seat racing aircraft designed in the United States in 1951 for Formula One air races and still available for homebuilding. Designed by ex-TWA captain Tom Cassutt, it is a mid-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The fuselage and tail are of fabric-covered steel tube construction, and the wings are built from plywood over wooden ribs. A updated taper-wing design was first flown in 1971 on Jim Wilson's "Plum Crazy".
- 1958 - Tom Cassutt flies his Cassutt to win the National Championship Midget Air Races at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 
- Cassutt I
- Developed in 1951, First race at Dansville, New York in 1954.
- Cassutt II
- Casutt IIM
- 13.67 ft (4.2 m) wingspan
- Cassutt III
- 15 ft (4.6 m) wingspan
- Cassutt IIIM
- 17.00 ft (5.2 m) wingspan
Specifications (Cassutt III racer)
- Crew: One pilot
- Length: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
- Wingspan: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
- Height: 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m)
- Wing area: 68 ft2 (6.3 m2)
- Empty weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
- Gross weight: 850 lb (386 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-200, 100 hp (65 kW)
- Maximum speed: 248 mph (400 km/h)
- Range: 450 miles (725 km)
- Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
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- Leo J. Kohn (Winter 1971). "The true cost of building your own plane". Air Trails: 63.
- "What kind of aircraft would you build?". Air Progress Sport Aircraft: 49. Winter 1969.
- Air Progress: 12. November 1971.
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 113. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
- Sport Aviation. November 1958.
- Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, page 213. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 239.
- Manufacturer's website
- Owners's Forum