Eshelman FW-5

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Eshelmann FW-5
Role Experimental cabin monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cheston L. Eshelman Company
Designer Cheston Lee Eshelman
First flight 1942
Number built 2

The Eshelman FW-5 was a 1940s American experimental cabin monoplane designed and built at Dundalk, Maryland by the Cheston L. Eshelman Company.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The FW-5 was a cantilever low-wing monoplane, it had an unusual wing planform in which the wing centre-section was blended into the fuselage, this gave rise to the name The Wing.[1] It had a fixed tailwheel landing gear and was powered by a 325 hp (242 kW) Avco Lycoming flat-six piston engine.[1] The enclosed cabin had room for a pilot and three passengers. First flown in 1942 only two aircraft were built.[2]

Specifications[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
  • Wing area: 232 ft2 (21.55 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1507 lb (684 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2650 lb (1202 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Avco Lycoming flat-six piston engine, 325 hp (242 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 mph (290 km/h)
  • Range: 700 miles (1127 km)
  • Service ceiling: 18000 ft (5485 m)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Orbis 1985, p. 1616
  2. ^ "American airplanes: Ea - Ew". www.aerofiles.com. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 

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