Cunliffe-Owen Concordia

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Concordia
Role 10-Seat Transport
Manufacturer Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft
Designer W Garrow-Fisher
First flight 19 May 1947
Retired 1947
Number built 2

The Cunliffe-Owen Concordia was a 1940s British twin-engined small airliner built by Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft.

History[edit]

The Concordia was 12-seat medium range transport aircraft. A separate luggage compartment could accommodate 45 lbs of luggage per passenger. Designed by W. Garrow-Fisher and built at Eastleigh, Hampshire in 1947. The prototype aircraft Y-0222 was first flown at Eastleigh on 19 May 1947. A second aircraft G-AKBE was displayed at the 1947 SBAC Show at Radlett and made an extensive European sales tour.

Work was suspended on 18 November 1947 on a production batch of six aircraft. These included one aircraft for the Nawab of Bhopal and two for British European Airways Air Malta placed an order for one example in early 1947. It was concluded there was not a market for the aircraft. Shortly afterward the company ceased to work in the aircraft industry.

The Belgian COGEA company styled themselves exclusive agents for the Concordia for Belgium and its then colony Congo; no results are documented.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1947[1], Flight 11 September 1947[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Capacity: 10/12 pax
  • Length: 44 ft 2 in (13.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 57 ft 0 in (17.38 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 10 in (5.12 m)
  • Wing area: 436 sq ft (40.5 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.46
  • Empty weight: 15,501 lb (7,031 kg)
  • Gross weight: 10,999 lb (4,989 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 200 imp gal (240 US gal; 910 l)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Alvis Leonides L.E.4M 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 550 hp (410 kW) each
  • Propellers: 3-bladed de Havilland or Rotol, 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m) diameter constant-speed fully feathering reversible propellers

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 223 mph (359 km/h; 194 kn) at 3,255 ft (992 m)
  • Cruise speed: 190 mph (306 km/h; 165 kn) 80% power at 7,000 ft (2,100 m)
  • Stall speed: 70 mph (113 km/h; 61 kn) flaps down
  • Range: 1,200 mi (1,043 nmi; 1,931 km)
  • Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,420.5 ft/min (7.216 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 25.29 lb/sq ft (123.47 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 11 lb/hp (6.69 kg/kW)
  • Take-off: 316 yd (289 m)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Bridgman, Leonard, ed. (1947). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1947. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. p. 31c. 
  2. ^ "British Aircraft". Flight: 277–288. 11 September 1947. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 - Volume 2. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10010-7.