Dätwyler Trailer

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Trailer
Role Glider tug
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Max Dätwyler & Co
First flight 1962
Number built 1
Developed from Piper PA-18 Super Cub

The Dätwyler 1038 MDC Trailer was a 1960s Swiss glider tug variant of the American Piper PA-18 Super Cub.[1]

Development[edit]

Dätwyler had experience converting a number of war-surplus Piper Cubs for the civilian market.[1] He used this experience to create a single-seat glider tug variant, using the wings, tail unit and landing gear from the post-war Super Cub, mated to his newly designed fuselage.[1] Powered by a Franklin flat six piston engine, it first flew in 1960. Only one was built.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Orbis[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.01 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.69 m (35 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 2.04 m (6 ft 8½ in)
  • Wing area: 16.58 m2 (178.5 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 505 kg (1114 lb)
  • Gross weight: 650 kg (1435 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Franklin 6A4-165-B3 flat-six piston engine, 123 kW (165 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Orbis 1985, p. 1338

Bibliography[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1996). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory. London, England: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-198-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, John W.R., ed. (1966). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1966–67. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd.