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Mitchell A-10

Mitchell A-10 Silver Eagle

Single-seat single-engined high-wing monoplane with conventional three-axis control. Wing has swept back leading and trailing edges, and tapering chord; no tail. Pitch/roll control by stabilators; yaw control by tip rudders; control inputs through stick for pitch/roll and pedals for yaw. Cantilever wing; wing profile; double-surface. Undercar-riage has three wheels in tricycle formation. Push-right go-right nosewheel steering connected to yaw control. Aluminium-tube framework, with pod. En-gine mounted below wing driving pusher propeller.

Shown in December 1982, the A-10 Silver Eagle is an updated version of the B-10 Mitchell Wing, not only as regards detail improvements, but in the technology and type of manufacture. Don Mitchell has aban-doned the overhead stick, which comes down from the high wing on the B-10, to replace it with a conventional stick between the pilot's knees. Materials (wood and fabric) used for the B-10 wing have been superseded by aluminium and a foam developed by NASA called honeyfoam and designated SR-502B, the final B indicating the use of boron.

The A-10 Silver Eagle was sold ready to fly and includes a fairing for the cockpit, wheel fairings on the main wheels, an upholstered seat with shoulder harness and an instrument panel. The price in April 1983 was $5995.

Mitchell Wing A-10

Ameriplanes Inc sold the Mitchell Wing A-10 described as a unique, ultralight motorglder for intermediate and advanced pilots based on Don Mitchell's Mitchell Wing B-10 hang glider. It is a flying wing design from aluminium. It utilzes a Rotax 277/28 hp engine and was available in kit form for $9400 (does not include engine). Price completed in 2009: 11700 USD

The A-10 was available with a 2SI, A-20 engine and when equiped with same it comes in at 254lbs (the 103 UL limit). Other engines, like the Zenoah G25B-1 were also available.

The Higher Planes A-10 is stressed to +6 and –5.5 G, and the wings fold for transport. The kit price in 1997, without engine, was US$7900.

Engine: Zenoah 250 (242cc) 23hp
Static thrust: 160 lbs
Empty wt: 250 lbs
Wing span: 34’4”
Wing area: 134 sq.ft
Height: 6’2”
Length: 8’6”
Fuel cap; 3 USG
Construction: Aluminium, Boron, Foam
Max wt: 553 lbs
Stall speed: 27 mph
Max speed: 63 mph
Vne: 63 mph
Climb rate: 640 fpm @ 41 mph
Design limit: +5.5, -5.5g
Glide ratio: 15-1
Wing loading: 4.13 lbs/sq.ft
Power loading: 24.04 lbs/hp

Engine: Rotax 277, 26 hp
Speed max: 70 mph
Cruise: 55 mph
Range: 200 sm
Stall: 28 mph
ROC: 800 fpm
Take-off dist: 200 ft
Landing dist: 200 ft
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft
Fuel cap: 2.5 USG
Weight empty: 280 lbs
Gross: 553 lbs
Height: 7.33 ft
Length: 9.33 ft
Wing span: 34.33 ft
Wing area: 134 sq.ft
Seats: 1
Landing gear: nose wheel

A-10 Silver Eagle
Engine: Zenoah G2SB-1, 20 hp at 6500 rpm
Toothed -belt reduction
Max static thrust 165 lb, 75 kg
Power per unit area 0.14 hp/sq.ft, 1.58 hp/sq.m
Fuel capacity 3.0 US gal, 2.5 Imp gal, 11.4 litre
Length overall 8.0ft, 2.43m
Height overall 5.6 ft, 1.67m
Wing span 34.4ft, 10.46m
Chord at root 6.0ft, 1.83m
Chord at tip 2.0ft, 0.61m
Dihedral 6 deg at tip
Sweepback 12 deg
Total wing area 136 sq.ft, 12.6sq.m
Wing aspect ratio 8.6/1
Nosewheel diameter overall 10 inch, 25 cm
Main wheels diameter overall 10 inch, 25 cm
Empty weight 250 lb, 113kg
Max take-off weight 553 lb, 251 kg
Payload 303 lb, 138 kg
Max wing loading 4.06 lb/sq.ft, 19.8 kg/sq.m
Max power loading 27.6 lb/hp, 12.5 kg/hp
Load factors +6.0, -6.0 design
Max level speed 63 mph, 101 kph
Max cruising speed 58 mph, 93 kph
Stalling speed 26 mph, 42 kph
Max climb rate at sea level 650 ft/min, 3.3 m/s
Best glide ratio with power off 18/1
Take-off distance 200ft, 60m
Landing dis-tance 200 ft, 60 m

Ameriplanes Mitchell Wing A-10

Engine: Rotax 277, 28 hp
Wing span: 34.33 ft
Wing area: 156 sq.ft
Empty Weight: 115 kg / 254 lbs
MTOW Weight: 249 kg / 550 lbs
Stall: 24 kt / 28 mph / 45 kmh
Cruise: 52 kt / 60 mph / 97 kmh
VNE: 66 kt / 76 mph / 122 kmh
L/D: 16:1
Sink rate: 240ft/min.

Higher Planes Mitchell Wing A-10
Engine: Rotax 277, 26 hp
HP range: 22-26 hp
Top speed: 70 mph
Cruise: 55 mph
Stall: 28 mph
Range: 200 sm
Rate of climb: 800 fpm
Takeoff dist: 200 ft
Landing dist: 200 ft
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft
Fuel capacity: 2.5 USG
Empty weight: 280 lb
Gross weight: 553 lb
Height: 7.3 ft
Length: 9.3 ft
Wing span: 34.3 ft
Wing area: 134 sq.ft
Seats: 1
Landing gear: nose wheel



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