Wassmer WA-51

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WA-51 Pacific
Wassmer WA-54 Atlantic D-EERC 01.jpg
Wassmer WA-54 Atlantic
Role Four-seat cabin monoplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Société Wassmer
First flight 18 March 1966
Produced 1969-1977
Number built 154

The Wassmer WA-51 Pacific is a French four-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Société Wassmer. Different-powered variants include the Wassmer WA-52 Europa and the Wassmer WA-54 Atlantic.

Design and development[edit]

In 1966 Wassmer first flew the WA-50 a prototype glass-fibre single-engined four-seat cabin monoplane with a retractable tricycle landing gear. The design entered production as the WA-51 Pacific with a fixed tricycle landing gear. The low-wing cantilever monoplane was powered by a nose-mounted 150 hp (112 kW) Lycoming O-320-E2A piston engine. A variant, powered by a 160 hp (119 kW) Lycoming IO-320-B1A was called the WA-52 Europa. Further refinements produced the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-A1LD powered WA-54 Atlantic.

Variants[edit]

WA-50
Prototype with retractable landing gear, one built. Fuselage is color molded with integral leading edge fuel tanks.[1]
WA-51 Pacific
Production version first flown in 1969 with a 150hp (112kW) Lycoming O-320-E2A engine, 39 built.
WA-52 Europa
As WA-51 with a 160hp (119kW) Lycoming IO-320-B1A engine, 59 built.
WA-53
Proposed variant with a 125hp Lycoming engine, not built.
WA-54 Atlantic
WA-51 with refinements and a 180hp (134kW) Lycoming O-360-A1LD engine, 55 built.

Specifications (WA-54 Atlantic)[edit]

Data from Mondey

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (pilot)
  • Capacity: 3 (passengers)
  • Length: 7.50 m (24 ft 7.25 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.40 m (30 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 2.26 m (7 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 12.40 m2 (133.47 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.125
  • Empty weight: 620 kg (1367 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1130 kg (2491 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-A1LD, 134 kW (180 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (174 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 260 km/h (162 mph)
  • Range: 1340 km (839 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4500 m (14,760 ft)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flying Magazine: 31. October 1966.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Mondey, David (1981). Encyclopedia of The World's Commercial and Private Aircraft. New York: Crescent Books. p. 245. 
  • 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. Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. p. 336. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.