Fleetwings 33

Summary

Model 33
Fleetwings Model 33.jpg
Fleetwings 33 at Langley
Role Primary trainer
Manufacturer Fleetwings
First flight 1940
Number built 1

The Fleetwings Model 33 was a 1940s American primary trainer prototype airplane built by Fleetwings.

Development

During 1940, the Fleetwings company designed and built a two-seat primary trainer, the Model 33. Although the company were experts with stainless-steel construction the aircraft was built from light-alloy. It was a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a conventional tail unit and fixed tailwheel landing gear, powered by Franklin 6AC piston engine. The instructor and pupil were accommodated in two tandem open cockpits. Only the prototype was built.

Specifications (Model 33)

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 22 ft 2.5 in (6.77 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
  • Wing area: 121.5 sq ft (11.29 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,082 lb (491 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,650 lb (748 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Franklin 6AC-298 flat-six piston engine , 130 hp (97 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 150 mph (241 km/h, 130 kn)
  • Range: 520 mi (837 km, 450 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 22,600 ft (6,890 m)

References

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (part work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing