Richard 125 Commuter

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125 Commuter
Role Homebuilt aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer C.H. Richard Company
Designer Charles H Richard
Number built 2
Variants Richard 150 Commuter

The Richard 125 Commuter is a two passenger homebuilt aircraft design.[1]

Development[edit]

The 125 Commuter was introduced in 1969, and a second refined prototype was built in 1972. The aircraft used an stressed skin all aluminum structure at a time when most homebuilts used wood or tube and fabric construction. The plans were marketed for homebuilt construction by its designer Charles Richard. A 150 hp variant was developed afterward.[2]

Design[edit]

The 125 Commuter is a side-by-side passenger strut-braced high wing aircraft with conventional landing gear. The aircraft uses all metal construction. An single control column between the seats acts as a control for either pilot. Fuel is stored in 50 gallon wing tanks.[3]

Variants[edit]

Specifications (Richard 125 Commuter)[edit]

Data from Sport Aviation

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 19.75 ft (6.02 m)
  • Wingspan: 25 ft (7.6 m)
  • Wing area: 100 sq ft (9.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 805 lb (365 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 50 gal
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming 0-290G Horizontally opposed piston, 125 hp (93 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 130 kn; 241 km/h (150 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 122 kn; 225 km/h (140 mph)
  • Stall speed: 43 kn; 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,600 m)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Air Trails: 76. Winter 1971. 
  2. ^ Sport Aviation: 32. April 1972. 
  3. ^ "The Richard 125 Commuter". Sport Aviation. June 1969.