|Role||Four-seat cabin monoplane|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Maule Aircraft Company|
|Number built||over 855|
|Developed from||Maule M-4|
Design and development
Two prototype M-5s flew in 1971, one powered by a 210-hp (157 kW) engine, the other with a 220-hp (164 kW) engine.
The M-5 is a steel-tube and fabric high-wing braced-monoplane with a cantilever tailplane with a single fin and rudder. It has a fixed-tailwheel landing gear and an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. The aircraft entered production in 1974 and was named the Strata Rocket and the Lunar Rocket. A generally similar M-6 Super Rocket was also developed with a 3-foot-longer (0.91 m) wingspan and more fuel capacity, smaller ailerons and larger flaps.
- Initial production variant with a 180-horsepower (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-C1F engine, more than 94 built.
- One aircraft modified with a 200-horsepower (149 kW) engine.
- M-5-210C Strata Rocket
- 180C with a 210-horsepower (157 kW) Continental IO-360-D engine in a revised cowling, 206 built.
- M-5-210TC Lunar Rocker
- 210C fitted with a turbocharged 210-horsepower (157 kW) Lycoming TO-360 engine, 10 built.
- M-5-220C Lunar Rocket
- 210C fitted with a 220-horsepower (164 kW) Franklin 6A-350-C1 engine, 57 built.
- M-5-235C Lunar Rocket
- 210C fitted with a 235-horsepower (175 kW) Lycoming O-540-J1A5D engine, more than 379 built.
- M-6-235C Super Rocket
- 235C with a 3-foot-longer (0.91 m) wingspan and more fuel capacity, smaller ailerons and larger flaps, 136 built.
Specifications (M-5-235C Strata Rocket)
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 3
- Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
- Wingspan: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
- Height: 6 ft 2½ in (1.89 m)
- Wing area: 157.90 ft2 (14.67 m2)
- Empty weight: 1400 lb (635 kg)
- Gross weight: 2300 lb (1043 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-540-J1A5D flat-six piston engine, 235 hp (175 kW)
- Maximum speed: 172 mph (277 km/h)
- Range: 550 miles (885 km)
- Service ceiling: 20000 ft (6096 m)
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