Striplin Lone Ranger

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Lone Ranger
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United States
Designer Ken Striplin
Status Production completed
Developed from Striplin F.L.A.C.

The Striplin Lone Ranger is a family of American ultralight aircraft that was designed by Ken Striplin. The aircraft was supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 254 lb (115 kg). The aircraft has a standard empty weight of 245 lb (111 kg). It features a high-wing, a single-seat, open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1]

The Lone Ranger was designed to overcome pitch stability problems found in the earlier Striplin F.L.A.C. flying wing. Stability was increased with the addition of a conventional tail unit, including conventional elevators and a rudder for control. Because they were no longer needed the F.L.A.C.'s wing tip rudders were deleted. The landing gear is of tricycle configuration and features a steerable nosewheel. The engine is mounted above the wing, with the propeller above and in front of the windshield. The design spawned a family of variants featuring one and two seats, as well as strut-braced and cantilever wings.[1]

Variants[edit]

Striplin Lone Ranger
Initial version for US production. Early versions have dual wing struts, while later models have just one strut. Engines used include the Zenoah G-25B of 20 hp (15 kW) and the Yamaha KT-100S of 15 hp (11 kW).[1]
Aero and Engineering Services Lone Ranger
Cantilever wing version produced by Aero and Engineering Services of the United Kingdom. The wing was redesigned and has a span of 34 ft (10.4 m). The engine used is the Zenoah G-25B of 20 hp (15 kW). Empty weight 210 lb (95 kg), gross weight 420 lb (191 kg), glide ratio of 17:1.[2]
Silver Cloud
Improved version with a cantilever wing and full-span flaperons. Engines used include the Cuyuna 215R of 20 hp (15 kW).[1]
Sky Ranger
Two seat version of the Lone Ranger.[1]
Silver Cloud II
Two seat version of the Silver Cloud.[1]

Specifications (Silver Cloud)[edit]

Data from Cliche[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 32 ft (9.8 m)
  • Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 m2)
  • Empty weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
  • Gross weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Cuyuna 215R single-cylinder, fan-cooled, two-stroke, single ignition, aircraft engine with 2.1:1 reduction gearing, 20 hp (15 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 63 mph (101 km/h; 55 kn)
  • Stall speed: 25 mph (40 km/h; 22 kn)
  • g limits: +6/-4
  • Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 4.17 lb/sq ft (20.4 kg/m2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page E-22. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b Virtual Ultralight Museum (n.d.). "Lone Ranger". Retrieved 24 November 2011. 

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