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Luscombe Vitality


Single-engined high-wing mono-plane with conventional three-axis control. Wing has swept back leading and trailing edges and tapering chord; no tail, canard wing. Pitch control by fully flying canard; yaw control by under-wing rudders at half-span; roll control by differential canard. Wing braced from below by struts; wing profile; 100% double-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation; no suspension on any wheels. Push-right go-right nosewheel steering. No brakes. Fuselage, totally enclosed. Engine mounted below wing driving pusher propeller.
The Vitality was first announced in mid-1982, using differential canard for roll control and under-wing rudders at half-span for yaw control. In August 1982 Flightlline magazine was told that three Vitalitys had been built and 36 ordered, that production would be concentrated on the two-seat version, and that an all-new three-cylinder 1000 cc radial four-stroke was being developed for the aircraft.
A few weeks later came the announcement that Luscombe Aircraft was to move into a new factory in November and that the company hoped to have an aircraft produced by the end of February 1983. These aircraft never materialised, however, as the company announced later in 1982 that it had shelved the design, at least until the UK microlight airworthiness regulations were finalised.
Although that happened in March 1983, the design rights of Vitality were for sale, along with three prototypes - one two-seater and two single-seaters. The design was first conceived some 11 years before and dusted off in response to the microlight boom.

Engine: Robin EC44, 60 hp.
Power per unit area 0.47 hp/sq.ft, 5.0hp/sq.m.
Empty weight 236 lb, 107 kg.
Length overall 11.7 ft, 3.56 m.
Height overall 4.8ft, 1.47m.
Wing span 34.0ft, 10.36m.
Mean main-wing chord 3.8 ft, 1.15 m.
Canard span 14.0ft, 4.27m.
Mean canard chord 0.95ft, 0.29m.
Total wing area 141 sq.ft, 13.1 sq.m.
Main wing area 128sq.ft, 11.9sq.m.
Canard area 13 sq.ft, 1.2 sq.m.
Wing aspect ratio 9.0/1.




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