Marquart MA-5 Charger

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Marquart MA-5 Charger
EAA 1987 Grand Champion Marquart Charger built by Remo Galeazzi.jpg
Remo Galeazzi's Grand Champion Marquart Charger
Role Homebuilt aircraft
National origin United States of America
Designer Ed Marquart
First flight October 1970
Developed from Marquart MA-4

The Marquart MA-5 Charger is a homebuilt two place biplane.

Design and development[edit]

The MA-5 Charger was designed and developed by Ed Marquart with the first prototype being built and flown by Daniel W. Fielder Jr. at Flabob Airport. It is an all-new design based around Marquart's single place homebuilt biplane, the MA-4. The aircraft was designed to perform mild aerobatics. Marquart sold plans for scratch building the aircraft, no kits were manufactured.[1]

The aircraft uses a welded steel tube fuselage with doped aircraft fabric covering. The wings use wooden spars and ribs. The biplane uses conventional landing gear and has two tandem open cockpits. The wings are constant chord and swept 10 degrees.[2]

The first prototype took seven years to build.

Since Ed Marquart's death in 2007,[3] the plans have been placed in the public domain, and are available as free PDF files via the Marquart Charger MA-5 groups on either Facebook or Yahoo.

Operational history[edit]

In 1982, Jim Smith's Marquart Charger won Grand Champion Plans-built Aircraft at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[4]

In 1987, Remo Galeazzi's Marquart Charger won Grand Champion Plans-built Aircraft at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[5]

In 1991, builder and pilot Dave Davidson became the oldest pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic in his Marquart Charger at the age of 70. The aircraft was retrofitted with two drop-tanks mounted between the landing gear.[6][7]

In 2009, Mark Gilmore's Marquart Charger won Grand Champion Plans-built Aircraft at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[8]

In 2015, Ken Orloff's Marquart Charger won "Grand Champion Plans-built Aircraft" at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Specifications (Marquart MA-5 Charger)[edit]

Data from Plane and Pilot

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Upper wingspan: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Lower wingspan: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Wing area: 170 sq ft (16 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,000 lb (454 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,550 lb (703 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-290 125 HP horizontally opposed gasoline engine


  • Cruise speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Stall speed: 33 kn; 61 km/h (38 mph)
  • g limits: +6/-4 G
  • Rate of climb: 1,100 ft/min (5.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 9.4 lb/sq ft (46 kg/m2)


  1. ^ Private Pilot. August 1973. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Air Progress: 19. December 1971. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Ed Marquart, Flabab Airport pioneer dies".
  4. ^ "Jim Smith's Grand Champion Marquart Charger" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Remo's Champion Charger" (PDF).
  6. ^ Flying Magazine. November 1991. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Biplane Adventures by Dave Davidson (out of print, no known ISBN).
  8. ^ "Gilmore Marquart Charger" (PDF).