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Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie
Centauri Aircraft Co Co50 Valkyrie
The Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie is a single-engine, four to five-seat homebuilt aircraft, arranged in a canard, pusher configuration.
The composite design incorporates retractable landing gear, a pusher engine configuration, a canard, twin vertical stabilizers and automatic airbrakes. A ballistic parachute is provided as an option. Passenger entry is by a large forward fold down door.
incomplete prototype
The airframe is made of AGATE carbon composites, Carbon-Nomex material is used in the design of rudders and flaps, the design of retractable landing gear is made of aluminum and steel alloys, Hartzell variable pitch propeller blades are aluminum.
First flown in January 2015, the light aircraft was intended for private ownership and was initially being developed by Cobalt Aircraft of San Francisco, California, United States, but the company ceased operations in July 2018 and the design was then being developed by the Centauri Aircraft Company.
The second prototype Co50 was crashed in September 2017 following a loss of aileron effectiveness in flight on a flight test at Castle Airport. The pilot was landing the aircraft using rudder and thrust only when lift was lost at an altitude of about ten feet. The aircraft impacted the ground, the right main landing gear leg separated and the wing was damaged. The pilot was not hurt.
Initially the Co50 was to be sold as a kit for amateur construction, but the manufacturer intended to eventually achieve type certification. Certification was unlikely to occur before 2018, not least due to the electronics Cobalt has chosen being untested for aircraft use.
Reportedly seven were built.
Engine: 1 × Continental TSIOF-550-D, 350 hp (260 kW)
Wingspan: 30 ft (9.14 m)
Length: 30 ft (9.14 m)
Height: 10 ft (3.05 m)
Max takeoff weight: 3,417 lb (1,550 kg)
Fuel capacity: 109 U.S. gallons (410 L; 91 imp gal)
Cruise speed: 250 kn (290 mph, 460 km/h) maximum cruise at FL250
Range: 1,434 nmi (1,650 mi, 2,656 km) economy cruise at FL220
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Time to altitude: 12 minutes to 10,000 feet
Crew: one
Capacity: three or four passengers

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