|1931 American Eaglecraft
N531Y (sn 1068)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In 2007
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
|Photo © AirplaneMart.com
The Eaglet 31 was a United States ultra-light high-winged monoplane of the early 1930s.
American Eagle Eaglet 31
Design and development
The American Eagle Aircraft Corporation found that demand for their A-129 biplane and their other models was badly affected by the Wall Street stockmarket crash of late 1929 which ushered in the Great Depression. The small ultra-light two-seat side-by-side Eaglet was therefore designed to capture demand from pilots with more modest pockets. The first model was the Eaglet 230 of 1930, initially engined by the 25 h.p. Cleone. Most later Eaglet 230s were powered by a 30 h.p. Szekely three-cylinder radial engine and the bulk of these were produced after American Eagle's merger with Lincoln Aircraft in May 1931.
The single Model A-31 of 1931 was fitted with the more powerful Continental A-50 of 50 h.p., and was followed by 13 Model B-31 and B-32 powered by the 45 h.p. Szekely SR-3.
Production rights to the Eaglet later went to American Eaglecraft who produced and rebuilt further aircraft of this design.
The various models of the Eaglet were flown prewar by private owner pilots. Approximately 12 original aircraft were in existence in 2001, of which some were still airworthy.
Eaglet 230 - 30 h.p. Szekely SR-3;
Eaglet 231 - 40 h.p. Salmson AD-9 (2 modified from model 230);
Eaglet A-31 - 50 h.p. Continental A-50;
Eaglet B-31 & B-32 - 45 h.p. Szekely SR-3; (B-32 had minor control modifications)
Specifications (Eaglet 230)
Length: 21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
Wingspan: 34 ft 4 in (10.44 m)
Height: 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
Empty weight: 467 lb (212 kg)
Gross weight: 867 lb (393 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Szekeley SR-3, 30 hp (22 kW)
Maximum speed: 80 mph (129 km/h)
Cruise speed: 70 mph (113 km/h)
Range: 280 miles (450 km)
Rate of climb: 650 ft/min (3.3 m/s)