Murphy Rebel

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Murphy Rebel on wheels
Role amateur-built airplane
Manufacturer Murphy Aircraft
Designer Dick Hiscock and Darryl Murphy
First flight 1990[1]
Status In production (2015)
Number built 610 (2011)[2]
Variants Murphy Elite
Murphy Rebel on amphibious floats

The Murphy Rebel is a two- or three-seat, strut braced, high wing, taildragger monoplane which is sold in kit form by Murphy Aircraft in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.[2][3][4][5][6]

The Rebel was designed by Murphy Aircraft President Darryl Murphy and Dick Hiscock, who was one of the designers of the De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver.


The Rebel is a STOL aircraft and was designed to be a personal-use bush plane. It can operate from short, unimproved airstrips and can carry a useful load of up to 750 lbs.[4][7]

The aircraft features a strut-braced high-wing, a two or three seat enclosed cabin accesses via doors, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. The aircraft is made from sheet aluminum. Its 30.0 ft (9.1 m) span wing employs a NACA 4415 mod airfoil, has an area of 149 sq ft (13.8 m2) and is equipped with flaps.[5][6][8]

The recommended engines for the Rebel are the 160 hp (120 kW) Lycoming O-320, the 116 hp (87 kW) Lycoming O-235 and the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912, although Bayerl et al. note that the aircraft does not perform well with less than 100 hp (75 kW).[5][6][7]

Specifications (Rebel)[edit]

Data from Murphy Rebel Website

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: one or two passengers
  • Length: 21 ft 4 in (6.6 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.2 m)
  • Wing area: 150 sq ft (14.2 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 4415 mod
  • Empty weight: 950 lb (432 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,650 lb (750 kg)
  • Powerplant: × Lycoming O-320 , 160 hp (120 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 140 mph (227 km/h, 120 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 120 mph (194 km/h, 100 kn)
  • Range: 733 mi (1,187 km, 637 nmi)
  • Endurance: 6.1 hours

Similar aircraft[edit]


  1. ^ Levy & Bernard 2000
  2. ^ a b Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 62. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ Kitplanes Staff: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, page 62, Kitplanes Magazine December 2007 Volume 24, Number 12, Belvior Publications, Aviation Publishing Group LLC.
  4. ^ a b Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing (2007). "Murphy Rebel". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 112. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  6. ^ a b c Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 119. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  7. ^ a b Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing (2007). "Murphy Rebel Performance". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • Levy, Howard; Mary Bernard (1 May 2000). "One Heck of a Rebel". Kitplanes. Retrieved 2010-02-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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