(Photo: Public Domaine)
MaxSez: Here’s a world class candidate for inclusion into the IF Inventory.
A Bendix and Harman Trophy winner, Selected among the top 10 Favorites by the Aviation History Journal in 2010 and number 1 all time favorites by Plane & Pilot Magazine in 2013. This unique stagger wing bi-plane has and still flys all over the world in it civilian suit. An Air Show Favorite. (it reclaimed its trophy fame as a military courier/liaison craft by the US & allied forces in all theaters during WWll.). If your a skilled GA operator this unique Staggered Wing, Tail Dragging, Modified Bi-Plane, Cadillac of the Air, is what flying is all about. GA-All-The-Way!
Specifications (Beech Model D17S)
Beechcraft Model 17DS was designated YC-43 by the US Army Air Corps.
Capacity: three passengers
Payload: 125 lb (56.7 kg) of baggage
Length: 26 ft 10 in (8.18 m)
Wingspan: 32 ft (9.75 m)
Height: 8 ft (2.44 m)
Wing area: 296.5 ft² (27.55 m²)
Empty weight: 2,540 lb (1,150 kg)
Loaded weight: 4,250 lb (1,930 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 “Wasp Junior” radial engine, 450 hp (340 kW) at 2,300 rpm
Maximum speed: 212 mph (184 knots, 341 km/h)
Cruise speed: 202 mph (176 knots, 325 km/h)
Range: 582 nm (670 mi, 1,078 km)
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
Wing loading: 14.3 lb/ft² (70.0 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 9.44 lb/hp (5.68 kg/kW)
*****Anybody know the history of the “Wasp” or “Junior Wasp” radial?