General Aircraft Cagnet

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GAL.33 Cagnet
Role Trainer
Manufacturer General Aircraft Ltd
First flight 1939
Number built 1

The General Aircraft GAL.33 Cagnet was a British light trainer aircraft designed by General Aircraft Ltd which flew from 1939 to 1941. Only one example was constructed.

Design[edit]

The Cagnet was a two-seat pusher propeller aircraft. The side-by-side seating was in an open cockpit just ahead of the strut-mounted inline engine. The low cantilever wings featured a gull shape, with twin booms mounted, one at each wing's bend point. A horizontal stabilizer and elevator ran between twin fins with rudders, one at the end of each boom.

The fixed landing gear used a nosewheel. First flight was in 1939; the aircraft bore the serial number T46.

General Aircraft proposed the Cagnet as a basic trainer. It was tested as a Flying Observation post trainer by the Royal School of Army Co-operation from February through June 1940 (with military serial number W7646). After that testing, it underwent various other tests. Its final flight was in 1941.

The engine was a 90 hp (67 kW) Blackburn Cirrus Minor, which gave a cruising speed of 100 mph (160 km/h).

Specifications (Cagnet)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 0 in (10.06 m)
  • Gross weight: 2,976 lb (1,350 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Blackburn Cirrus Minor 4-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 90 hp (67 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (161 km/h; 87 kn)

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