Arrow Model F

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Model F
Arrow Model F.jpg
Role Recreational aircraft
Manufacturer Arrow Aircraft and Motor Corporation
First flight 1934
Number built 103

The Arrow Model F or the Arrow Sport V-8 was a two-seat low-wing braced monoplane aircraft built in the United States between 1934 and 1938. It was built originally to a request by the US Bureau of Air Commerce to investigate the feasibility of using automobile engines to power aircraft. Accordingly, the Model F was fitted with a modified Ford V8 engine. Like the Arrow Sport before it, the Model F seated its pilot and passenger side-by-side in an open cockpit and was marketed for $1500.[1]

A preserved example is on display at San Francisco International Airport.

Development[edit]

The Arrow Sport F was specifically built to accommodate the low-cost, yet heavy Arrow F V-8 engine, an aircraft modification of the Ford V-8. The engine was designed by Ford Engineer David E. Anderson with an aluminum oil pan, aluminum cylnders, and a 2:1 gear reduction to drive the prop at reasonable rpm ranges. The engine weighed 402 lbs for 85 hp vrs 182 lbs for an equivalent Continental aircraft engine.[2]

Variants[edit]

  • Arrow Sport F Master – Open cockpit
  • Arrow Sport F Coupe – Closed cockpit variant [3]
  • Arrow Sport F De Lux Coupe – Closed cockpit with advanced instruments.

Specifications[edit]

Data from American Airplanes and Engines for 1938[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 21 ft 4 in (6.50 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 7 in (11.15 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
  • Wing area: 180.5 sq ft (16.77 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,097 lb (498 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,675 lb (760 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 20 US gal (17 imp gal; 76 L)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ford V-8 water-cooled converted automobile engine, 82 hp (61 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (161 km/h; 87 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h; 78 kn)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (64 km/h; 35 kn)
  • Range: 300 mi (261 nmi; 483 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arrow Sport F". Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Sport Aviation. 5 May 1958.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Air Trails: 24. Summer 1971.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Aviation February 1938, pp. 36–37.

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