Johns Ra-Son Warrior

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Ra-Son Warrior
Role Bushplane
National origin United States of America
Designer Alvis R. Johns
Introduction 1947

The Ra-Son Warrior or X-3 Warrior is a low wing bushplane with a large short coupled tail surface.[1]


The aircraft has a large tapered low wing, with a large horizontal tail surface mounted close to the trailing edge of the wing and conventional tailwheel landing gear. The fuselage has welded steel tube construction with fabric covering. The wings use wooden spars and ribs with fabric covering. The 185 hp (138 kW) engine can lift a 1,000 lb (454 kg) payload. The five-seat cabin can be converted to cargo operations and allows loading through a pair of oversized gullwing cabin doors.[2]

Operational history[edit]

The prototype was built over a four-year period. The aircraft received the Experimental Aircraft Association award for achievement in 1963.[3]

Specifications (Ra-Son Warrior)[edit]

Data from Sport Aviation

General characteristics

  • Capacity: five
  • Length: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft (12 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,820 lb (826 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,450 lb (1,565 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 45 gal (170 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435-1 , 185 hp (138 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 122 kn; 225 km/h (140 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 103 kn; 190 km/h (118 mph)
  • Stall speed: 36 kn; 68 km/h (42 mph)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)


  1. ^ Popular Mechanics. April 1958.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Sport Aviation. January 1958.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Johns X-3 Warrior". Retrieved 13 April 2011.