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American Eaglet
In 1930 American tested the American Eaglet at Kansas City. A home builders lightweight aircraft, it is a parasol type capable of carrying one person with a Cleone engine, or two with a Szekeley three cylinder 35 hp engine.
The conventional wings are built up in spruve and plywood. A feature of the fuselage is the way the lower longerons are brought together mid-way between the nose and tsil group as a single member. The fuselage is 23 inches wide and constructed of steel tubing as is the tail group.
Cables are used for control throughout. These run over pulleys and the aileron cables come down over two auxilliary pulleys at either side of the forward section of the cockpit. An aluminium seat is fitted with an instantaneous action safety belt.
The landing gear is a rigid inverted Vee type. It is equipped with 7x16 inch air wheels on four inch hubs. The landing gear is diagonally braced. A shoe tail skid is fitted, tied into the stern post and a rubber shock chord is used.
Wing tip ailerons are fitted. The horizontal stabiliser is ground adjustable and the fin is rigid. An unbalanced rudder is used.
Ordinary motor car gasoline and lubrication oil are mixed at 8:1 and carried in a single tank built into the cowling directly ahead of the pilot.
The gap where the wings are fasteed to the cabane section is covered with celluloid.
The Eaglet was sold for $995 with the Cleone engine and $1395 with the Szekeley in 1930.
Engine: Cleone
Wingspan: 34 ft 4 in
Length: 21 ft 6 in
Height: 78 in
Wing area: 164.4 sq. ft
Max weight: 580 lb
Engine weight: 46 lb
Prop weight: 4 lb
Battery weight: 15 lb
Fuel capacity: 36 lb
Speed: 60 mph
Landing speed: 15 mph
ROC: 350 fpm
Glide ratio: 12-1
TO MAUW: 13 sec
Fuel burn: less than 2 USG/hr
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