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Fauvel AV.60
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This small one-seater airplane, comparable to the Jodel D-9 bébé or to the Druine Turbulent, was designed specifically for amateur builders. The prototype was constructed by Leonard D. Wolff (assisted by his friend Davidson) at Houston, Texas in the United States. The AV-60 made its first flight on July 14, 1963, piloted by Davidson, when it actually became airborne during a "planned high speed taxi run". The plane was exhibited at the National Air Show in Texas on November 3, 1963, where it was a big success.
Christened as Leprechaun (the imp of Irish folklore), the AV-60 had been developed by Charles Fauvel in collaboration with G. Jacquemin, an aeronautical engineer working in Canada. The construction plans were produced in English. It is a low aspect ratio flying wing, with a nose-mounted Volkswagen engine (converted for aircraft use) of 1300 cc, weighing 48 kg and developing 40 Horsepower at 3500 RPM. A formed plexiglas bubble canopy covers the cockpit which is located over the low wing. The most remarkable characteristic is the absence of a long conventional fuselage structure with a laminated wood shell structure comprising the vertical stabilizer and the rudder attach beam being further braced by a triangular tubular beam from the wing itself. The prototype was equipped with a standard fixed tricycle landing gear, based on that of the TIPPSY Nipper.

Wing Span: 7 m
Length: 4 m
Empty Weight: 220 kg
Max Gross Weight: 350 kg
Maximum Speed: 157 km/h
Cruise speed: 128 km/h
Takeoff Distance: 180 m
 


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