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Early Bird Jenny

Loehle Aircraft Jenny

 

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Designed by Dennis Wiley, the Jenny is a 2/3 scale WW I replica biplane. The fuselage construction is welded 4130 steel tube. Wing construction uses aluminium leading and trailing edge spars, and stamped aluminium ribs. The craft is covered in standard aircraft fabric. Building times are reported to be 400 to 600 hours.


A construction video is available which will cut building time considerably. The craft can be powered by the Rotax 503/582, or the AMW. The designer has completed the installation of a Chevy Geo engine on his own craft and had about 40 hours flying time on it.


The Geo is reported to put out about 65 HP and come in at a weight of 135 lbs. complete. The Jenny is a tail dragger, in a tractor configuration. Controls are stick and rudder.


The craft can be built from a set of plans and raw materials or was available in kit form.


The Jenny takes off in about 300 feet climbs at about 600 feet per minute and cruises in the 65/70 m.p.h. range.


The designer indicates that the craft has been tested to +6 and -4 G's ultimate. Apparently 400 plan sets have been sold 40 aircraft are flying, with another 27 under construction.


By 2009, the Jenny was marketed by Loehle Aircraft Corp, who carried the design for awhile.

 

Early-Jenny

 

Engine: Rotax 503 CDI, 46 hp.
HP range: 46-65.
Empty Weight: 419 lbs.
Gross Weight: 800 lbs.
Wing Span: 27 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area: 175 sq. ft.
Wing Loading: 4.6 lbs. sq. ft.
Length: 18.33 ft.
Height: 7 ft.
Speed max: 70 mph.
Cruise Speed: 65 m.p.h.
Stall Speed: 35 m.p.h.
VNE: 80 m.p.h.
Range: 180 sm.
ROC: 450 fpm.
Take-off dist: 250 ft.
Landing dist: 300 ft.
Fuel cap: 10 USG.
Seats: 2.
Landing gear: tail wheel.

 

Engine: Rotax 503, 52 hp
Wing span: 8.3 m
Wing area: 16.3 sq.m
Empty weight: 190 kg
MAUW: 362 kg
Fuel capacity: 38.8 lt
Max speed: 130 kph
Cruise speed: 100 kph
Minimum speed: 60 kph
Climb rate: 4 m/s
Seats: 2
Fuel consumption: 11 lt/hr
Plan price (1998): US$125
Kit price (1998): US$9100

 

 

 

 


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