Piper PA-15 Vagabond
|PA-15 & PA-17 Vagabond|
|Role||Personal and training aircraft|
|First flight||1948 (PA-15)|
$1995 in 1948
|Developed from||Piper J-3 Cub|
The Piper PA-15 Vagabond and PA-17 Vagabond are both two-seat, high-wing, conventional gear light aircraft that were designed for personal use and for flight training and built by Piper Aircraft starting in 1948.
The PA-15 was the first post-World War II Piper aircraft design. It utilized much of the same production tooling that created the famous Piper Cub, as well as many of the Cub structural components (tail surfaces, landing gear, most of the wing parts). The Vagabond has a wing that is one bay shorter (30 ft (9.1 m) versus 36 ft (11.0 m)) than that on the Cub, which led to the unofficial term describing the type: Short-wing Piper. This allowed the aircraft to be built with minimal material, design and development costs, and is credited with saving Piper Aircraft from bankruptcy after the war.
The PA-17 Vagabond version features dual controls, enabling it to be used for pilot training. It has a bungee cord shock-absorbed landing gear (solid gear on the PA-15), and a 65 hp (48 kW) Continental A-65 engine.
The Vagabond was followed by the Piper PA-16 Clipper, which is essentially a Vagabond with a 17 in (43 cm) longer fuselage, Lycoming O-235 engine of 108 hp (81 kW), extra wing fuel tank, and four seats, the Pacer, Tri-Pacer and Colt, which are all variations of the Vagabond design and thus all Shortwing Pipers.
There were 13 PA-15s and 12 PA-17s registered in Canada in March 2018.
- PA-15 Vagabond
- Side-by-side two-seater powered by one 65hp Lycoming O-145 engine, 387 built.
- PA-17 Vagabond
- Also known as the Vagabond Trainer a variant of the PA-15 with dual-controls, shock-cord suspension and powered by one 65hp Continental A-65-8 engine, 214 built.
Data from 1978 Aircraft Directory
- Crew: one pilot
- Capacity: one passenger
- Length: 18 ft 8 in (5.69 m)
- Wingspan: 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)
- Empty weight: 620 lb (281 kg)
- Gross weight: 1100 lb (498 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-145, 65 hp (49 kW)
- Maximum speed: 100 mph (163 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 90 mph (146 km/h)
- Range: 250 miles (405 km)
- Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3077 m)
- Rate of climb: 510 ft/min (2.6 m/s)
- Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 59. Werner & Werner Corp, Santa Monica CA, 1977. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
- Montgomery, MR and Gerald Foster,: A Field Guide to Airplanes - Second Edition, page 72. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. ISBN 0-395-62888-1
- "The Vagabond Story". Sport Aviation. January 1961.
- Federal Aviation Administration (March 2018). "FAA REGISTRY - Make / Model Inquiry Results - PA-15". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- Federal Aviation Administration (March 2018). "FAA REGISTRY - Make / Model Inquiry Results - PA-17". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- Transport Canada (March 2018). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register (File download link)". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
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