AmEagle American Eaglet

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American Eaglet
Role Ultralight sailplane
Manufacturer AmEagle
Designer Larry Haig
First flight 19 November 1975

The AmEagle American Eaglet was a highly unorthodox ultralight sailplane marketed in the U.S. for homebuilding. It was a one-seat, high-wing braced monoplane that carried an inverted V-tail on a long boom extending from a pod-like fuselage. Intended for self-launching, it was equipped with a McCulloch go-kart engine and a folding propeller behind the cabin. Its first flight was on 19 November 1975, and by 1978, at least 250 sets of plans had been sold, with 12 aircraft reportedly completed.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 16 ft 0 in (4.9 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (11.0 m)
  • Height: 3 ft 6 in (1.1 m)
  • Aspect ratio: 18:1
  • Empty weight: 170 lb (80 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × McCulloch MC101, 15 hp (11 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 60 mph (100 km/h)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 24:1
  • Rate of sink: 200 ft/min (1 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

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