Lasco Lascondor

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Lascondor
Role monoplane airliner
Manufacturer Larkin Aircraft Supply Company
Designer W. S. Shackleton
First flight 23 March 1930
Introduction 1930
Retired 1934
Primary user Australian Aerial Services
Number built 1

The Lasco Lascondor (also frequently known by the misspelling "Lasconder")[1] was a 1930s Australian 8-seat passenger and mail carrier aircraft built by the Larkin Aircraft Supply Company (Lasco) at Coode Island, Victoria. It is claimed to be the first multi-engined aircraft designed and built in the Southern Hemisphere.[2]

History[edit]

Development of the Lascondor began in June 1928, concurrently with the company's Lascoter;[3] the two aircraft had 90% commonality of structural parts.[2] Like the Lascoter the Lascondor was a high-wing monoplane with a tubular steel structure, featuring a tailwheel undercarriage and a fully enclosed cabin for the passengers and the pilot. A major change was the Lascondor's three Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose engines instead of the Lascoter's single more powerful Siddeley Puma engine. The Lascondor also had greater fuel capacity and a slightly longer fuselage with a redesigned cabin to accommodate an extra row of seats.[2] In addition, while the Lascoter had two sets of flying controls in the cockpit the Lascondor had only one to allow for another passenger seat, giving an overall capacity of seven passengers and one pilot.[2]

Operators[edit]

 Australia

  • Australian Aerial Services

Specifications[edit]

Data from Meggs, p.219

General characteristics

Performance

Avionics
None

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meggs, p.211
  2. ^ a b c d Meggs, p.215
  3. ^ Meggs, p.210
  • Meggs, Keith Raymond (2009). Australian-built Aircraft and the Industry Volume 1. Seymour, Victoria: Finger-Four Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920892-77-7.