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Powell PH Racer

 

The Powell PH Racer was designed by Professor C.H. Powell, teacher at the Aeronautics Department of the University of Detroit.

The biplane racer used an all wood fuselage with birch paneling. The wing spars were also wood with fabric covering. Uniquely, the aileron hinges were made of leather.

The Powell PH Racer was an 1920s air racer which holds the distinction of having won all of the races it entered.

Race Winnings:
1925 National Air Races piloted by Jerry V. Dack of Dayton, Ohio
Aero Digest Trophy (Dack)
The Dayton Daily News Trophy
The Scientific American Trophy

The Powell Racer was returned to the University of Detroit where it was destroyed in static load tests.

 

Variation: Shirlen Big Cootie

 

Powell Racer
Engine: 1 × Bristol Cherub, 32 hp (24 kW)
Propeller: single blade Curtiss-Ried
Wingspan: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)
Length: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Wing area: 76 sq ft (7.1 m2)
Airfoil: RAF 15
Empty weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Gross weight: 475 lb (215 kg)
Fuel capacity: 8 gal (30 litres)
Maximum speed: 74 kn; 137 km/h (85 mph)
Cruise speed: 65 kn; 121 km/h (75 mph)
Stall speed: 43 kn; 80 km/h (50 mph)
Capacity: 1

 

 

 

 

 


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