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Stewart Foo Fighter

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The Foo Fighter was designed and built in 1967 by Don Stewart and Tom Raybourn, Mohawk Airline pilots, and inspired by the Alcock A-1, a World War I war bird that resembles the Sopwith Pup. One distinguishing feature of the Foo Fighter is its lower wing that crosses below the fuselage, aft of the gear, and attaches on the centerline. The airframe is built from steel tubing and covered with fabric. Originally, a Falcon 200 six cylinder CID auto engine was installed, but a 130-hp Franklin Sport Four can also be used. It was first flown in 1970 with a PSRU but the engine proved to be too heavy for the power provided and the airplane was modified to use a Franklin "Sport Four" of 130 HP.

This engine went out of production and so the airplane was once again redesigned to accept any of the four cylinder Lycoming engines from the O235 up to the O320 series. It is a very docile sport airplane that offers limited aerobatic capabilities.

Engine: Franklin Sport 4, 130 hp
Gross Wt. 1100 lb
Empty Wt. 720 lb
Fuel capacity 19 USG
Wingspan 20’8”
Length 18’9”
Top speed 145 mph
Cruise 115 mph
Stall 45 mph
Climb rate 1200 fpm
Takeoff run 450 ft
Landing roll 550 ft
Range 345 sm

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