Eklund TE-1

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Eklund TE-1
Eklund TE-1 Helsinki Vantaa 09.94.jpg
The Eklund TE-1 single-seat flying boat of 1949 at the Aviation Museum, Helsinki Vantaa airport, during September 1994
Role single-seat flying boat
National origin Finland
Manufacturer Eklund
Designer Torolf Eklund
First flight 24 February 1949
Retired 1969
Status preserved in museum
Primary user private owner
Number built 1

The Eklund TE-1 was a Finnish-built single seat flying boat of the late 1940s.

Design and development[edit]

The TE-1 was designed in late 1948 by Torolf Eklund, who was a Finnish aircraft designer for Valtion lentokonetehdas between 1935 and 1962. The TE-1 was financed and built by Eklund as a private venture.

Operational history[edit]

The TE-1 first flew in February 1949 powered by a 28 h.p. Poinsard engine. This powerplant suffered a crankcase failure, and as spare parts were no longer available, it was replaced by a Continental A40-5 engine.[1] At the time of its first flight, the TE-1 was claimed to be the world's smallest flying boat. The aircraft last flew in 1969. It is now preserved in the Suomen Ilmailumuseo (Finnish Aviation Museum) at Helsinki Vantaa airport.[2]

Variants[edit]

Proposed derivatives were developed, but only the prototype TE-1 had been completed and flown.[3]

  • TE-1A four wheel retractable four-wheel undercarriage
  • TE-1B flying boat configuration
  • TE-1B-S flying boat with skis
  • TE-1B-G flying boat with breaching gear[4]

Specifications (TE-1)[edit]

Data from Green, 1965, p. 32

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 17 ft 1 in ()
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 7 in ()
  • Height: 5 ft 11 in ()
  • Wing area: 60 sq ft ()
  • Airfoil: NACA 4415
  • Empty weight: 442 lb ()
  • Loaded weight: 715 lb ()
  • Powerplant: × 1 Continental A40-5 four-cylinder air-cooled engine, 40 h.p. () each

Performance

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Green, 1965, p. 32
  2. ^ Ogden, 2006, p. 86
  3. ^ Green, 1965, p. 32
  4. ^ Sport Aviation. May 1958. 
Bibliography
  • Green, William (1965). The Aircraft of the World. Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2006). Aviation Museums and Collections of Mainland Europe. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-375-7.