Druine Condor

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D.62 Condor
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Rollason 1968-built D62B in 2007
Role Trainer
Manufacturer Borea, Rollason
Designer Roger Druine
First flight 1955

The Druine D.60 Condor is a light aircraft that was developed in France in the 1950s, primarily as a trainer. The Condor was an evolution of the Druine Turbi, but featured an extensively revised fuselage allowing the pilot and instructor to sit side-by-side under a full canopy. Unlike its predecessors, the Condor was not intended for amateur construction, and therefore was able to make refinements to the design that would not previously have been possible. Series production was undertaken by Borea in France and Rollason Aircraft and Engines as the Rollason Condor in the UK.

Variants[edit]

D.60
Druine's prototype with 65 hp CNA D.4
D.61
Druine production variant with 65 hp Continental A65
D.62
Druine or Rollason variant with 75 hp Continental A75 or 90 hp Continental C90
D.62A
Rollason variant with 100 hp Continental O-200-A
D.62B
Rollason variant from 1964 with 4" shorter fuselage and flaps.
D.62C
Rollason variant with 130 hp Continental O-240-A for glider towing

Specifications (D.62B)[edit]

Condor Cockpit

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1966–67[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot/instructor and passenger
  • Length: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.38 m (27 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 11.13 m2 (119.8 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.3:1
  • Empty weight: 417 kg (920 lb)
  • Gross weight: 670 kg (1,475 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Continental 0-200A, 74 kW (100 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 204 km/h (127 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 172 km/h (107 mph)
  • Stall speed: 74 km/h (46 mph)
  • Range: 560 km (350 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,650 m (12,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.1 m/s (610 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor 1966, p. 167.
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1966). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1966–67. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 347. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 892 Sheet 47. 
  • "Flying the Druine Condor". Flight: 579–82. 6 May 1955. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 

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