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Wickham Model B


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The Wickham B twin engine homebuilt aircraft was designed by Boeing engineer Jim Wickham in order to fly safely on one engine over the Seattle area, and completed in 1968.

The model B is a high-wing, fixed tricycle landing gear, all metal, twin engine aircraft. The aircraft uses all aluminum construction with fiberglass cowlings, nose cone and wheel pants. The wings are configured with Fowler flaps. The two 25 U.S. gallons (95 L; 21 imp gal) fuel tanks are independent of each other. There is no cross-feed. The aircraft uses a throw-over yoke control, similar to a Beechcraft Bonanza.

 

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The aircraft cost US$7,000 in 1968. Help by Wickham able to purchase scrap aluminium from a Boeing surplus store at 10c in the dollar.

Jim Wickham  put more than 600 hours on his craft and the Wickham B was donated to the Seattle Museum of Flight to avoid any product liability issues. The craft was later traded to the South Seattle Community College for an F-4 Phantom.

Eventually Boeing Field hanger area was to be remodeled and the WickhamB had to go. The aircraft was sold to Austin Ballard, dismantles, and moved to Everett, Washington.

 

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In 2002, the aircraft was sold and restored to flying condition. Many parts had been missing but were recovered. The restoration and flight was completed in 2005.

 

By 2012 it was owned by Curtis Clark of Scottsdale AZ.

 

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Engines: 2 × Lycoming O-320
Prop: McCauley
Empty weight: 1,950 lb (885 kg)
Gross weight: 3,200 lb (1,451 kg)
Fuel capacity: 50 U.S. gallons (190 L; 42 imp gal)
Cruise speed: 104 kn; 193 km/h (120 mph)
Singe engine cruise: 80 mph
Registration: N1343

 

 

 

 


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