Davis DA-2

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DA-2
N2366Q Davis DA-2.jpg
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Homebuilt
Designer Leeon D. Davis
First flight 21 May 1966
Primary user Private pilot owners
Number built ca. 45 by 1985
Unit cost
$2300 in 1971[1]
Davis DA-2 at Airventure 2008.
Davis DA-2A

The Davis DA-2 is a light aircraft designed in the United States in the 1960s and was marketed for homebuilding.[2] While it is a low-wing monoplane of largely conventional design with fixed tricycle undercarriage, the DA-2 is given a distinctive appearance by its slab-like fuselage construction and its V-tail.[3] The pilot and a single passenger sit side-by-side. Construction of the aircraft is sheet aluminum throughout, with the sole compound curves formed a fiberglass cowling and fairings.[4]

The DA-3 was a single DA-2 enlarged to accommodate four people. Work proceeded through 1973-74, but the aircraft was never completed.

Operational history[edit]

Examples of the DA-2 have been completed in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and are currently (2015) actively flying in those countries.

Variants[edit]

  • DA-2
  • DA-2A
  • DA-3

Specifications (typical DA-2)[edit]

Data from Popular Mechanics August 1973

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 17 ft 10 in (5.44 m)
  • Wingspan: 19 ft 3 in (5.86 m)
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
  • Wing area: 83 ft2 (7.7 m2)
  • Empty weight: 610 lb (277 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,125 lb (510 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental A65 horizontally-opposed four-cylinder piston engine, 65 hp (49 kW)
1 × Continental O200 horizontally-opposed four-cylinder piston engine, 100 hp (75 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 110 mph (177 km/h)
  • Range: 450 miles (725 km)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Air Trails: 18. Winter 1971.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Oshkosh Sport Aircraft Galore". Flight International. 22 August 1977. 
  3. ^ Flying Magazine: 53. October 1966.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Air Progress Sport Aircraft: 41. Winter 1969.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
Sources
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 305. 
  • Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985-86. London: Jane's Yearbooks. pp. 587–88. 
  • Davisson, Budd (May 1973). "Flying the Davis DA-2A Homebuilt". Air Progress. 

External links[edit]

http://www.yahoogroups.com/da2a Builder Group