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Stits SA-4A Executive / Stits-Besler Executive
 
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SA4A Stits Besler Executive                              Courtesy Don Stits
 
The 4th design of Ray Stits, the Stits-Besler Executive project was initiated when William Besler of Besler Corp. contracted Ray Stits to design a three-place homebuilt aircraft with folding wings. Besler was an early aviation experimenter, who had mounted a steam engine of his own design on a Travel Air 2000 in 1933.
 
Ray Stits designed the three place Stits SA-4A Executive, developed from the Stits Playboy. Only one was built, costing $6000 in 1955.
 
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The wings on the Executive fold aft and upward. Fuel tanks are embedded in the non-folding wing roots. The fuselage is welded steel tube with fabric covering. The ailerons are mounted in the center of the wing rather than the tips.
 
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The sole Executive, (registration no. N36K), has been used as a test bed for Besler-designed engines; a 150 hp (112 kW) steam engine and a two cycle, four cylinder Vee rated at 100 hp (75 kW).
 
Stits-Besler Executive
Engine: 1 × Lycoming O-320, 150 hp (110 kW)
Wingspan: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 sq.m)
Length: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Width: 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) with wings folded
Height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Empty weight: 800 lb (363 kg)
Gross weight: 1,450 lb (658 kg)
Fuel capacity: 24
Maximum speed: 143 kn; 266 km/h (165 mph)
Cruise speed: 130 kn; 241 km/h (150 mph)
Stall speed: 43 kn; 80 km/h (50 mph)
Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (13 m/s)
Seats: 2-3
 
 
 
 


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