Piper PA-6

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PA-6 Sky Sedan
Role Light aircraft
Manufacturer Piper Aircraft
First flight 1944
Number built Two

The Piper PA-6 Sky Sedan was a 1940s American four-seat light aircraft designed and built in prototype form by Piper Aircraft at its Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, factory.[1]

History[edit]

Towards the end of 1944 Piper announced a number of aircraft types it intended to build after World War II. One of these was the PWA-6 Sky Sedan (Post War Airplane 6). A prototype was built in 1945 as a development of Piper's unsuccessful two-seat PT-1 trainer. Its fuselage had a fabric-covered metal frame with a four-seat cabin. It was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional tail unit and a retractable tailwheel landing gear. Originally to be powered by a 140 hp Franklin engine, it had a 165 hp Continental E-165 engine. By the time it first flew the designation had been changed to PA-6. A second aircraft was built in 1947, it differed by having an all-metal construction, a 205 hp Continental E-185 engine and a one-piece windscreen. Neither version was placed into production at a time when a short boom in postwar general aviation was ending.[2][3]

Specifications (PA-6)[edit]

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1947[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 pax
  • Length: 26 ft 0 in (7.93 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 8 in (10.56 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Airfoil: Modified USA 35B
  • Empty weight: 1,360 lb (617 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 40 US gal (33 imp gal; 150 l) fuel; 2.5 US gal (2.1 imp gal; 9.5 l) oil
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental E165 6-cyl. horizontally-opposed air-cooled piston engine, 165 hp (123 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Sensenich fixed pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 160 mph (257 km/h; 139 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 150 mph (241 km/h; 130 kn) at 125 hp (93 kW) and 140 mph (120 kn; 230 km/h) at 100 hp (75 kW) at sea level
  • Economic cruising speed: 120 mph (100 kn; 190 km/h) at 40% power
  • Landing speed: 49 mph (43 kn; 79 km/h) with flaps; 55 mph (48 kn; 89 km/h) without flaps
  • Range: 620 mi (539 nmi; 998 km) at 140 mph (120 kn; 230 km/h)
  • Fuel consumption: 1.664 lb/mi (0.469 kg/km)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Air Progress: 85. November 1978.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Brady (2000), p.244
  3. ^ Bednarek, Dr. Janet. "General Aviation - An Overview", United States Centennial of Flight Commission retrieved 11 August 2012
  4. ^ Bridgman, Leonard, ed. (1947). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1947. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. p. 278c. 
Bibliography
  • Brady, Tim (2000). The American Aviation Experience: A History. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 0-8093-2371-0. 
  • Roger W. Peperell and Colin M.Smith, Piper Aircraft and their forerunners, 1987, Air-Britain (Historians), ISBN 0-85130-149-5, Page 47 and 50.