Arctic Aircraft Arctic Tern

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Arctic Tern
ArcticTern S1B2.jpg
Arctic Tern with tundra tires on mainwheels
Manufacturer Arctic Aircraft
Designer Bill Diehl
First flight 1975
Produced 1975-85
Number built 32

The Arctic Aircraft Arctic Tern (named after the bird) is a bush plane that was produced in small numbers in Alaska in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a strengthened and modernised version of the Interstate Cadet of the 1940s. It is a high-wing braced monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. It has two seats in tandem, with the rear seat removable for added cargo carriage. It is also provided with a cargo loading door in the fuselage side to facilitate loading bulky items. Optional fittings included floats or skis in place of the wheeled undercarriage, and a ventral pod to carry extra cargo or fuel.

In 2007, the Interstate Aircraft company was planning a revised and updated Arctic Tern, with US FAA certification expected in the first half of the year.

Specifications (Landplane)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1988-89[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 8 in (11.18 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Wing area: 186 ft2 (17.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,073 lb (487 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,900 lb (862 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320 four-cylinder piston engine, 150 hp (112 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 117 mph (188 km/h)
  • Range: 652 miles (1,049 km)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,790 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,275 ft/min (6.5 m/s)

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ John W.R. Taylor, ed. (1988). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1988-89. London: Jane's Information Group. pp. 325–326. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 73. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 889 Sheet 74. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 406.