Rearwin Sportster 9000 displayed in the Drage Airworld museum at
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia in March 1988
National origin United States
Rearwin Aircraft & Engines
Number built 330+
Rearwin Sportster is a 1930s American two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Rearwin Aircraft & Engines.
Design and development [ edit ]
The first variant, a
Sportster 7000 first flew on 30 April 1935. It was a two-seat braced high-wing cabin monoplane powered by a LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine. The 7000 followed by a de luxe and more powerful engined versions, the 8500 , 9000-L . It had a standard tailskid landing gear but was available with floats or skis. In 1937 a new variant appeared the and 9000-KR Sportster 9000-W powered by a 90hp (67kW) Warner Scarab Jr radial engine.
A single Sportster 7000 was impressed into military service during World War II under the designation
Variants [ edit ]
Rearwin Sportster 7000
Initial production variant powered by either a 70hp (52kW)
LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine, 75 built. Rearwin Sportster 8500
Variant with a 85hp (63kW) LeBlond 5DF
Rearwin Sportster 9000-L
Variant with a 90hp (67kW) LeBlond 5F
Rearwin Sportster 9000-KR
Variant powered by a Ken-Royce engine,
Rearwin Sportster 9000-W
Variant powered by a 90hp (67kW)
Warner Scarab Jr radial engine, eight built. Götaverken GV 38
A licence-built version from
Sweden, built by AB Götaverken.
Operators [ edit ]
Military operators [ edit ]
Specifications (8500) [ edit ]
Data from [1 ]
Length: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Wing area: 166 ft 2 (15.42 m 2)
Empty weight: 830 lb (376 kg)
Gross weight: 1410 lb (640 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × LeBlond 5DF radial engine, 85 hp (63 kW)
Maximum speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
Range: 480 miles (772 km)
Service ceiling: 15,200 ft (4635 m)
References [ edit ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.
External links [ edit ]
Media related to Rearwin Sportster at Wikimedia Commons