|Role||Four-seat cabin monoplane|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Waco Aircraft Company|
|Designer||A Francis Arcier|
|First flight||March 1947|
The Waco Model W Aristocraft was an American four-seat monoplane, the last aircraft designed and built by the Waco Aircraft Company. It had an unusual configuration with an engine mounted at the front driving a pusher propeller at the rear.
Design and development
The Aristocraft was an attempt by Waco to enter the post-war market for light aircraft. The prototype first flew in March 1947 powered by a 215 hp (160 kW) Franklin 6AL piston engine mounted at the front with a shaft driven pusher propeller at the rear. Of all-metal construction it was a high-wing monoplane with twin fins and rudders, It had a partially retractable tricycle landing gear.
The company had orders for 300 aircraft but decided that the type would need costly development in a shrinking market and only the prototype was completed. Waco sold the design rights and in the 1960s efforts were made to market the type for home-construction.
Data from Aerofiles.com
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 3
- Length: 27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)
- Wingspan: 34 ft 9 in (10.59 m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Franklin 6AL piston, 215 hp (160 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 185 mph (297 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 155 mph (249 km/h)
- Stall speed: 57 mph (91 km/h)
- Range: 657 miles (1057 km)
- Orbis 1985, p. 3077
- "Waco". www.aerofiles.com. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2010.