|Role||Two-seat cabin monoplane|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Luscombe Aircraft Engineering Company|
Design and development
Donald A. Luscombe formed the Luscombe Aircraft Engineering Company in 1933 at Kansas City, Missouri. The Phantom or Model 1 was the first aircraft built by the company, and first flew in 1934. It was a high-wing braced monoplane with conventional fixed tail-wheel landing gear, and was powered by a nose-mounted 145 hp (108 kW) Warner Super Scarab radial engine. The fully enclosed engine cowling, with individual air vents for each cylinder, was unusual for a US radial engine light aircraft. Apart from the fabric wing surfaces, the aircraft was all-metal, and had a luxury interior with two side-by-side seats in an enclosed cabin. All compound curves were formed by one employee, Nick Nordyke. As a luxury aircraft, it failed to sell in the economical climate of 1930s America, and the company went on to develop cheaper and simpler aircraft.
Data from Air Progress
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.6 m)
- Wingspan: 31 ft 0 in (9.4 m)
- Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.1 m)
- Wing area: 143.25 ft2 ( m2)
- Empty weight: 1320 lb (599 kg)
- Gross weight: 1950 lb (885 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Warner Super Scarab radial engine, 145 hp (108 kW)
- Maximum speed: 168 mph (270 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
- Range: 560 miles (901 km)
- Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Gene Smith. "Phantom!". Air Progress: 45.
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- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.