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Piper PA-29 Papoose

piperpapoose

 

This little bubbletop trainer was the world's first fiberglass airplane. It bore a deceptive similarity to the Tomahawk, with which it has nothing in common. Herald­ed as Piper's next‑generation trainer when it was previewed by the press in 1962, the airplane was quietly dropped: the potential profits weren't worth the risks of being a plastics pioneer.
 
Only the one was built, N2900M, first flying on 30 April 1962.
 
 Piper-29-02
 
A side by side two seat training aircraft, construction was all plastic / glassfibre honeycomb construction and fitted with a fixed tricycle undercarriagee. The aircraft is fitted with one piece full span flaperons and the canopy slides rearwards.
 
The aircraft is now preserved at the Piper Aviation Museum at Lock Haven.
 
Engine: Lycoming O-235-C1B, 108 hp
Wingspan: 25 ft 0 in
Length: 21 ft 6 in
Height: 7 ft 0 in
Empty weight: 803 lb
Loaded weight: 1500 lb
Seats: 2

 

 

 

 

 


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