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Piper PA-8 Sky Cycle
Carlson Aircraft Sky Cycle


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The Piper Skycycle of 1946 was a serious effort by a major manufacturer to develop a single-seat sport plane. The only prototype flew in 1947. The prototype fuselage was made from a surplus F4U Corsair dropable fuel tank made for a figher aircraft. The rear was an aluminum tube.The sale price was $999.

The single prototype, NX47Y, was destroyed in a fire at Johnstown PA Vocational School in 1948.

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An adaptation of the Piper Skycycle was later marketed by Carlson Aircraft Inc as a kit for $13,900 US.

 

Piper PA-8 Skycycle
Engine: 1 x Lycoming O-145, 55hp
Wingspan: 6.10 m / 20 ft 0 in
Length: 4.77 m / 16 ft 8 in
Height: 1.86 m / 6 ft 1 in
Wing area: 12.68 sq.m / 136.49 sq ft
Max take-off weight: 567 kg / 1250 lb
Empty weight: 346 kg / 763 lb
Max. speed: 185 km/h / 115 mph
Cruise speed: 152 km/h / 94 mph
Stall: 45-55 mph
Ceiling: 3560 m / 11700 ft
Range: 643 km / 400 miles


Carlson Aircraft Skycycle
Engine: Continental, 65 hp
Height: 5.1 ft
Length: 15.85 ft
Wing span: 20 ft
Wing area: 95 sq.ft
Weight empty: 295 lb
Gross: 925 lb
Fuel cap: 8 USG
Speed max: 109 mph
Cruise: 100 mph
Range: 200 sm
Stall: 37 mph
ROC: 875 fpm
Take-off dist: 375 ft
Landing dist: 400 ft
Seats: 1
Landing gear: tail wheel

 

 


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