Waco Aristocraft

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Aristocraft
Role Four-seat cabin monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Waco Aircraft Company
Designer A Francis Arcier
First flight March 1947
Number built 1

The Waco Model W Aristocraft was an American four-seat monoplane, the last aircraft designed and built by the Waco Aircraft Company.[1] It had an unusual configuration with an engine mounted at the front driving a pusher propeller at the rear.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Aristocraft was an attempt by Waco to enter the post-war market for light aircraft.[1] 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.[1] Of all-metal construction it was a high-wing monoplane with twin fins and rudders, It had a partially retractable tricycle landing gear.[1]

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.[1] Waco sold the design rights and in the 1960s efforts were made to market the type for home-construction.

Specifications[edit]

Data from [2]Aerofiles.com

General characteristics

  • 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

Performance

  • 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)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Orbis 1985, p. 3077
  2. ^ "Waco". www.aerofiles.com. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

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