Aircraft History, Specification and Information
Christen Eagle
Super Christen Eagle I Biplane - N361ET - Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team
1995 Super Christen Eagle I Biplane - N361ET (sn 437)
Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team
Photo taken July 29, 2010
Oshkosh (EAA AirVenture Fly-in), WI - USA (OSH / KOSH)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The Christen Eagle II, which later became the Aviat Eagle II in the mid 1990s, is an aerobatic sporting biplane aircraft that has been produced in the United States since the late 1970s. Designed to compete with the Pitts Special, it is marketed in kit form for homebuilding. The Eagle II is a small aircraft of conventional configuration with single-bay, equal-span staggered biplane wings braced with an I-strut. The pilot and a single passenger sit in tandem underneath a large bubble canopy. The tailwheel undercarriage is fixed, with the mainwheels housed in streamlined fairings. The fuselage and tail are constructed of steel tube, with the forward fuselage skinned in metal and the rear fuselage and tail in fabric. The wing structure is wooden and fabric covered. By 1985, over 600 kits had been sold, and over 250 aircraft were known to have been completed.

Operational history

In 1979, the Eagles Aerobatic Team (Charlie Hillard, Tom Poberezny, and Gene Soucy) chose the Christen Eagle as a replacement for their Pits Special airshow act "The Red Devils". The act continued until 1995. All three Christen Eagles hang from the lobby of the EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Versions

  • Christen Eagle I - Single seat version
  • Christen Eagle II - Two seat version

Accidents

On Christen Eagle the Christen Eagle (reg. N54CE) crashed into the Vistula during Płock Airshow, killing pilot Marek Szufa onboard.

Specifications (Christen Eagle II)

General characteristics
Crew: One pilot
Capacity: 1 passenger
Length: 17 ft 11 in (5.46 m)
Wingspan: 19 ft 11 in (6.07 m)
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Wing area: 125 ft² (11.6 m²)
Empty weight: 1,025 lb (465 kg)
Gross weight: 1,578 lb (716 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming AEIO-360-A1D, 200 hp (149 kW)

Performance
Maximum speed: 184 mph (296 km/h)
Range: 380 miles (610 km)
Service ceiling: 17,000 ft (5,180 m)
Rate of climb: 2,100 ft/min (11 m/s)

Last updated June 27, 2011
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