Rigault RP.01B

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Rigault RP.01B
Rigault RP.01 F-WABO Mitry 29.05.57 edited-1.jpg
The RP.01B "Le Napalm" under construction at Mitry-Mory airfield near Paris in May 1957
Role light single-seat
National origin France
Manufacturer Paul Rigault
Designer Paul Rigault
First flight 1958
Introduction 1958
Status No longer extant
Primary user the builder
Number built One

The Rigault RP.01B was a French-built high-wing single-engined ultralight aircraft of the 1950s.

Development[edit]

The RP.01B was a one-off aircraft which was designed and built by Monsieur Paul Rigault at Mitry-Mory airfield to the NE of Paris.[1] The airfield now forms part of the site of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

The aircraft was fitted with high-set wings which were supported by twin struts, a fixed tailwheel undercarriage and a single seat for the pilot owner. It was powered by a nine-cylinder Salmson 9 ADB air-cooled radial engine. It was of conventional wooden construction with plywood and fabric-covered fuselage and fabric-covered wings and control surfaces.[2]

Operational history[edit]

M. Rigault completed the aircraft during 1958 and named it "Le Napalm". He flew it regularly until at least early 1965.[3] The RP.01B is no longer extant.

Specifications (RP.01B)[edit]

Data from Green, 1965

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Wingspan: 25 ft 3 in (7.70 m)
  • Gross weight: 714 lb (324 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Salmson 9 ADB, 45 hp (34 kW)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Butler, 1963, p. 113
  2. ^ Green, 1965, p. 62
  3. ^ Green, 1965, p. 62
Bibliography
  • Butler, P.H. (1963). French Civil Aircraft Register. Merseyside Society of Aviation Enthusiasts. 
  • Green, William (1965). The Aircraft of the World. MacDonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. 

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