American Eagle A-129
The American Eagle A-129 was a 1920s biplane built in the U.S.A.
Design and development
The preceding American Eagle A-101 of 1926 had achieved some success, but its fierce spin characteristics had resulted in several crashes during training flights. Giuseppe Bellanca redesigned the biplane with a longer fuselage and narrower cowling to accommodate the five-cylinder Kinner K-5 100 h.p. radial engine, which had its cylinder heads exposed. To mark the year of its first appearance, the designation A-129 was applied.
Initially designed to replace the Porterfield Flying Schools A-101s, the new biplane proved to have good flying characteristics and more than 400 were built. The aircraft were also flown by "barnstormers" and sportsmen pilots.
Specifications (100 h.p. Kinner K-5)
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 or 2
- Length: 23 ft 5 in ( m)
- Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in ( m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Kinner K-5, 100 hp ( kW)
- Maximum speed: 105 mph ( km/h)
- Cruise speed: 90 mph ( km/h)
- Stall speed: 35 mph ( km/h)
- Range: 500 miles ( km)
- Simpson, 2001, p. 40
- Ogden, 2007, p. 572
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