Piper PA-8 Sky Cycle
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.
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