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Barber Snark



Bill Barber conceived, designed and built three members of the Snark family with no outside assistance. The first Barber Snark was a single place machine which looked to Bill as “if it was going to be too fast for me, so I pushed it to the back of the shed and built the next one.” Snark 2 was the prototype and the Snark 3 machine (registered ZK-JEK) is a much more swept up development with a different wing, altered tail and different construction. All three have made extensive use of composite materials, Snark 3 being entirely of composite - mainly carbon and kevlar.


Snark H/A3


Bill Barber built the Mark II Special NZ Flag Anniversary Version repowered with a 93 HP two stroke engine, offering very smooth acceleration right up to 120MPH using a variable speed prop along with communications gear, Ballistic Shute and F16 cockpit seating arrangement. The extensive wing and low aspect ratio allows for low speed approaches recorded at only 20 MPH under full 4 notches of flaps. The wing leading edge and full composite body with carbon back end tail boom strut offers very high strength and low weight ratios to enable full in flight soaring and thermal lift comparable to a low end glider. The take off angle can be close on 65 degrees with such a low stall speed. The lift off rotation is achieved at 30mph in limited space at 6,700 revs. Full rear brakes and castoring nose wheel, hi-strength aluminum sprung undercarriage are on cast wheels on new rubber tubed tyres.


Snark Mark II Special NZ Flag Anniversary Version


Snark HA/1
Seats: 1

Snark HA/2
Engine: Suzuki 1300 water cooled, EFI & ignition.
Prop: ground adjustable.
Seats: 2.
Construction: all composite.

Snark HA/2B
Engine: Rotax 503.
Cruise: 80 mph.
Stall: 20 mph.

Snark HA/3
Wingspan: 30 ft.
MTOW: 900lb.
Stall: 40 mph.
Cruise: 110 mph.
Seats: 2. 


Snark H/A3
Engine: Suzuki G1500A 1500cc
Seats: 2

Snark HA/3B
Engine: 4 stroke.
Cruise: 120 mph.
Stall: 40 mph.
Range: 600 miles.
Seats: 2.

Snark HA/3C



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