Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo
|G-2-W Flamingo El Rio Caroní, on display at Ciudad Bolívar airport, in Venezuela|
|National origin||United States of America|
|Manufacturer||Metal Aircraft Corporation|
|Designer||Ralph R. Graichen|
around $23,000 in 1929
Design and development
One G-2-W, named El Rio Caroní, is best remembered for its role in the discovery of Angel Falls by Jimmy Angel in 1935. Although well known to the local indigenous population, the falls had been glimpsed only by European explorers until Jimmy Angel crash-landed while attempting to land above the falls on Auyán-tepui during gold exploration.
The Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo that crashed above the falls was recovered by helicopter in the 1960s by the Venezuelan government and is on display at the entrance of the Ciudad Bolívar airport, in Venezuela. A replica was put in its place for visitors of the crash site.
Other operators included the Mason & Dixon airline.
- Halpin Flamingo
- six-passenger 410hp P&W
- five-passenger 450hp P&W
- six-passenger 525hp P&W
- eight-passenger 410hp P&W
- five-passenger 410 or 525 P&W
Specifications (Flamingo G2W)
Data from Skyways, Air and Space
- Capacity: eight
- Length: 32 ft 6 in (9.91 m)
- Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
- Empty weight: 2,960 lb (1,343 kg)
- Gross weight: 5,600 lb (2,540 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 410 hp (310 kW)
- Maximum speed: 117 kn; 217 km/h (135 mph)
- Cruise speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)
- Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)
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