Rearwin Cloudster

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Cloudster
Rearwin 8135 (N44533).jpg
Rearwin 8135
Role Utility aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rearwin
Designer Robert Rummell
First flight 1939
Number built 125

The Rearwin Cloudster was a civil utility aircraft produced in the United States in 1939.[1][2] It was a strut-braced, high-wing monoplane of conventional design with an enclosed cabin and fixed, tailskid undercarriage.[2]

It was a larger and more powerful derivative of the Rearwin Sportster with the 8090 and 8125 models having side-by-side seating instead of the Sportster's tandem seating. The 8135 Cloudster had three seats.[3]

Twenty examples were produced with tandem seating for Pan Am to use as trainers,[1][2] and another 25 Cloudsters were exported as trainers to Iran.[2]

Variants[edit]

8135 Cloudster at New England Air Museum, Bradley Locks, CT
Cloudster 8090
Version with Ken-Royce 5F 90 h.p. engine - two seat
Cloudster 8125
Version with Ken-Royce 7F 125 h.p. engine - two seat
Cloudster 8135
Version with Ken-Royce 7G 125 h.p engine - three seat
Cloudster 8135T
Tandem version of Cloudster 8135 for Pan Am
Rearwin C-102
A Cloudster 8135 impressed by the US Army Air Force as the UC-102A.

Specifications (8135)[edit]

Data from "Rearwin Cloudster"

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1–2 passengers
  • Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 2 in (10.41 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 4 in (2.23 m)
  • Wing area: 162 ft2 (15.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,140 lb (520 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,900 lb (860 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ken-Royce 7G, 125 hp (93 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 135 mph (216 km/h)
  • Range: 600 miles (960 km)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 860 ft/min (4.4 m/s)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Taylor 1989, 757
  2. ^ a b c d The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft p.2792
  3. ^ Green, 1965, p. 290
Bibliography
  • Green, William (1965). The Aircraft of the World. Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. 
  • "Rearwin Cloudster". Rearwin Airplanes (copy cached by Google). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.