Rearwin Sportster

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Rearwin Sportster 9000 Wangarratta Victoria 03.88.jpg
Rearwin Sportster 9000 displayed in the Drage Airworld museum at Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia in March 1988
Role Sporting/Touring monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rearwin Aircraft & Engines
First flight 1935
Number built 330+

The Rearwin Sportster is a 1930s American two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Rearwin Aircraft & Engines.

Design and development[edit]

The first variant, a Sportster 7000 first flew on 30 April 1935. It was a two-seat braced high-wing cabin monoplane powered by a LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine. The 7000 followed by a de luxe and more powerful engined versions, the 8500, 9000-L and 9000-KR. It had a standard tailskid landing gear but was available with floats or skis. In 1937 a new variant appeared the Sportster 9000-W powered by a 90 hp (67 kW) Warner Scarab Jr radial engine.

Two Sportster 9000s were impressed into military service during World War II under the designation UC-102.[1]


1936 Rearwin 7000
Rearwin Sportster 7000
Initial production variant powered by either a 70hp (52kW) LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine, 75 built.
Rearwin Sportster 8500
Variant with a 85hp (63kW) LeBlond 5DF
Rearwin Sportster 9000-L
Variant with a 90hp (67kW) LeBlond 5F
Rearwin Sportster 9000-KR
Variant powered by a Ken-Royce engine,
Rearwin Sportster 9000-W
Variant powered by a 90hp (67kW) Warner Scarab Jr radial engine, eight built.
Götaverken GV 38
A licence-built version from Sweden, built by AB Götaverken.


Military operators[edit]

 New Zealand

Specifications (8500)[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
  • Wing area: 166 ft2 (15.42 m2)
  • Empty weight: 830 lb (376 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1410 lb (640 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × LeBlond 5DF radial engine, 85 hp (63 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
  • Range: 480 miles (772 km)
  • Service ceiling: 15,200 ft (4635 m)



  1. ^ Johnson, E.R. (2013). American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 167. ISBN 978-0786462698. 
  2. ^ Orbis 1985, page 2792


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rearwin Sportster at Wikimedia Commons