Osprey Osprey 2
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||April 1973|
|Number built||500+ (2009)|
The Osprey Osprey 2, also known as the Pereira Osprey 2 after its designer, is an amphibious sport aircraft designed for homebuilding. Plans have been sold since the mid-1970s. George Pereira designed the Osprey 2 to address the two most frequent criticisms of his Osprey I aircraft: its lack of a passenger seat and its inability to operate from dry land. An exercise that began as a series of modifications to the original design in January 1972 eventually turned into a complete redesign of the aircraft, with the resulting Osprey 2 flying in April 1973.
Design and development
Like the original Osprey, the Osprey 2 is a mid-wing cantilever monoplane with a flying boat hull and a single engine mounted pusher-fashion in a nacelle mounted above the fuselage on struts. A passenger seat is provided side-by-side with the pilot and the cabin is fully enclosed. Retractable tricycle undercarriage is provided for land operations, the main units of which fold into the undersides of the wings. Construction throughout is of wood and skinned in plywood. Some of the hull contours are formed with polyurethane foam covered in fiberglass.
The aircraft is designed so that it may be constructed by amateur builders with restricted space available – Pereira's prototype was built in a workspace 16 ft × 26 ft (4.8 m × 7.9 m) and took 1,300 hours to complete. To simplify construction, no molds are required, and even the canopy is formed by a simple bend in an acrylic sheet without any compound curves.
Aircraft on display
Data from jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985–86, p.606
- Crew: One pilot
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Length: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
- Wingspan: 26 ft 0 in (7.92 m)
- Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
- Wing area: 130 ft2 (12.0 m2)
- Empty weight: 970 lb (440 kg)
- Gross weight: 1,560 lb (707 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320, 150 hp (112 kW)
- Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
- Range: 500 miles (800 km)
- Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Related lists
- Osprey Aircraft Website
- Taylor 1989, p.714
- Markowski 1979, p.220
- Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985–86, p.606
- Markowski 1979, p.223
- Markowski 1979, p.224
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 114. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
- AirVenture Museum website
- Pima Air & Space Museum website
- Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985–86. London: Jane's Publishing.
- Markowski, Michael (1979). The Encyclopedia of Homebuilt Aircraft. Blue Ridge Summit: TAB Books.
- "Osprey II". Osprey Aircraft website. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- "Pereira/Hummel Model 2 Osprey 2". Pima Air & Space Museum website. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- "Pereira/Schifferer Osprey II – N346JS". AirVenture Museum website. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.