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Evangel Aircraft 4500 STOL



The Evangel Aircraft Corporation was established to design and build a bush aircraft particularly for use by missionary groups. For work in South America it had to have STOL capability and be simple to operate and maintain. The aircraft that was designed was designated the Evangel 4500-300 and was a twin-engined monoplane.

By 1963, Carl Mortenson had created a high wing strut-braced, twin engine plane with a fabric over metal tubing fuselage and a metal wing. At that time it was a fixed gear tricycle design.


Evangel 4500


The prototype Evangel 4500-300 first flew in June 1964 and the first production aircraft in January 1969. The aircraft needs a very short take-off run and can achieve a take-off to 50 ft (15m) within 375yds (343m).




With a planned first production run of 12, only a total of 8 were built (a 9th was never completed). The unit cost was US$70,500 in 1971 but manufacture ceased in 1974 after seven production aircraft were built.









The sole prototype, with a high strut braced wing and tricycle undercarriage.

Production variant

Used to identify aircraft fitted with turbochargers.


Engines: 2 × Avco Lycoming IO-540-K1B5, 300 hp (224 kW) each
Wingspan: 41 ft 3 in (12.57 m)
Length: 31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
Wing area: 251 sq.ft (23.32 sq.m)
Empty weight: 3,455 lb (1,567 kg)
Gross weight: 5,500 lb (2,495 kg)
Fuel capacity: 111 Usgals
Maximum speed: 230 mph (370 km/h)
Cruise speed: 175 mph (282 km/h)
Stall speed: 67 mph
Range: 700 miles (1,126 km)
Service ceiling: 21,030 ft (6410 m)
Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
Takeoff distance (50 ft.): 1,125 ft
Landing distance (50 ft.): 1,140 ft.
Crew: 1
Capacity: 8 passengers






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