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Texas A&M Ag-1

 

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Weick Ag-1 N222

 

In 1949-50 the Texas A&M College in the USA developed a concept aircraft, the first purpose built agricultural aircraft designed by Fred E Weick and Hugh DeHaven, designated Ag 1 which flew in January 1950, piloted by Ted von Rosenberg. It was a low wing monoplane of all metal construction, powered by a 225 hp piston engine and designed to carry a chemical load of 1,200 lb (544 kg).
 

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Weick Ag-1 N222

 

Built with US government support, the Ag‑1 N222 was demon­strated widely throughout the USA and was well received by the six or seven hundred pilots who flew it. The main criticism was that it was underpowered, and a decision was taken to refit it with a 300 hp engine. Before this could be done the Ag‑1 collided with a powerline pole and ended up on its back. But the crash demonstrated one of the qualities for which it was designed: the aircraft was destroyed except for the cockpit area, but the pilot was uninjured, even though he had been subjected to forces more than 25 times that of gravity, according to the dynamometers installed for test purposes.
 
Engine: Continental E-225, 225hp
Wingspan: 39'0"
Length: 29'8"
Useful load: 1200 lb
Max speed: 115 mph
Cruise speed: 100 mph
Stall: 45 mph
Range: 400 mi
Seats: 1

 

 


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