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Aquafugh Aqua / W-6

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Aqua I
 
The Aqua was an original design developed by Aquaflight, Inc, a company founded in 1946 by Meredith C. Wardle. The type was only produced in prototype form and possibly the prototype was flown in two versions.

The W-6 Aqua I was the first version, a 4-6 seat utility flying boat which had two 125 hp Lycoming O-290-A series engines. Registered NX74141 it made the first flight during 1946 and was extensively tested at the Philadelphia Seaplane Base. Aqua I had an all metal fuselage, with a wooden hull and had a claimed cruise of 125 mph.
 
The W-6A Aqua II was possibly modified from the Aqua I, and had several major changes such as re-contoured nose section, a modified vertical tail and fin assembly and a tricycle landing gear, making it an amphibious flying boat. The Aqua II was powered by two 225 hp Lycoming O-435 engines and it made the first flight in 1949. No further work on either the Aqua I or II was undertaken.

Reports that later the boat hull of the Aqua II was used in the homebuilt Collins W-7 Dipper are incorrect.
 
The Aqua II was tested as landplane also.
 
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W-6A Aqua II
 
W-6 Aqua I
Engines: 2 x Lycoming O-290, 125 hp (93 kW)
Wingspan: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
Wing area: 215 sq ft (20.0 m2)
Airfoil: NACA 23012-16
Height (on land): 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m)
Length: 29 ft 6 in (8.99 m)
Empty weight: 2,200 lb (998 kg)
Gross weight: 3,600 lb (1,633 kg)
Fuel capacity: 100 US gal (83 imp gal; 380 L)
Max speed: 135 mph (217 kmh)
Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h, 109 kn)
Stall speed: 40 mph (64 km/h, 35 kn) (half load)
Rate of climb: 1,250 ft/min (6.4 m/s)
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: 5 passengers
 
W-6A Aqua II
Engines: 2 x Lycoming O-360, 125 hp (93 kW)

 

 

 

 
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