Rearwin Speedster

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Speedster
Rearwin Speedster (NC15865).jpg
Role Sport aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rearwin
First flight 1935
Number built ca 14

The Rearwin Speedster was a sport aircraft produced by Rearwin Airplanes Inc. in the United States in the 1930s.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The Speedster was a high-wing strut-braced monoplane of conventional design with an enclosed cabin and fixed, tailskid undercarriage.[2] Developed during the Great Depression, work was suspended between 1934 and 1937.[2] By the time it was resumed, the ACE Cirrus engine that had powered the two prototypes was out of production, and Speedsters produced in series had Menasco C-4 engines.[2]

Variants[edit]

  • Speedster 6000 - prototypes with ACE Cirrus engines (2 built)
  • Speedster 6000M - production version with Menasco C-4 engine (ca 12 built)

Specifications (6000M)[edit]

Rearwin Speedster

Data from "Rearwin Speedster"

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 22 ft 2 in (6.76 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,052 lb (478 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,668 lb (758 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Menasco C-4, 125 hp (93 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 166 mph (266 km/h)
  • Range: 600 miles (960 km)
  • Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Taylor 1989, p.757
  2. ^ a b c d The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft p.2792
Bibliography
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. 
  • "Rearwin Speedster". Rearwin Airplanes (cached by Google). Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.