Stewart Foo Fighter

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Stewart Foo Fighter
Role Homebuilt aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Stewart Aircraft Corporation
Designer Don Stewart
First flight 1967
Introduction 1970

The Stewart Foo Fighter JD2FF is a single-seat biplane homebuilt aircraft design that emulates fighter aircraft of World War I.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Foo Fighter was developed using similar construction features as the Stewart Headwind. The fuselage is welded steel tubing with fabric covering. The lower wing design is unusual, passing below the fuselage rather than attaching to it on either side. The first aircraft built used a Ford Falcon 200 CID engine that proved to be too heavy. A Franklin 130 hp engine was used next, but the engine went out of production. The final design was changed to accommodate a Lycoming O-235 or O-320 engine.[2]

Operational history[edit]

The Foo Fighter was demonstrated for over 30 hours during the one-week Experimental Aircraft Association Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin In 1972.[3]

Specifications (Stewart Foo Fighter)[edit]

Data from

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 18 ft 9 in (5.72 m)
  • Wingspan: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)
  • Height: 7 ft (2.1 m)
  • Empty weight: 720 lb (327 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,100 lb (499 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 19 U.S. gallons (72 L; 16 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-235 piston aircraft engine


  • Maximum speed: 126 kn; 233 km/h (145 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 117 kn; 217 km/h (135 mph)
  • Stall speed: 45 kn (52 mph; 83 km/h)
  • Range: 300 nmi; 555 km (345 mi)
  • Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min (6.1 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ Don Dwiggins (Winter 1971). "Meet the Foo Fighter". Sports Planes.
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  3. ^ Sport Aviation, Jan 1973, pp 53-55. Foo Fighter Flight Report
  • Sport Aviation, Jan 1973, pp 53–55. Foo Fighter Flight Report