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Luscombe 11 Sedan
Luscombe 11A Sedan - N1692B
1949 Luscombe 11A Sedan - N1692B (sn 11-198)
Photo taken Jul. 08, 2006 @ the Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2006 - Arlington, WA USA (KAWO
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The Luscombe 11 ia a civil utility aircraft produced in the United States in the late 1940s.

Design and development

In 1946, Luscombe also introduced the four-place model 11, designed to specifications produced by the Flying Farmers of America. This was designed as a combined family/business aircraft, capable of carrying four people. With the back seat removed, up to six milk cans could be carried. Eventually, the Flying Farmer market proved to be a myth, so the Model 11 Sedan was finished with a more upmarket interior to appeal to the businessman. Certification was accomplished in May 1948. 38 examples remained on the U.S. civil aircraft register in August 2010.

The model 11A was reworked into the model 11E by engineers at the Luscombe Aircraft Corporation (later renamed to Quartz Mountain Aerospace after learning that the DLAHF had trademarked the Luscombe name). The 11E model features tri-gear landing and an 185 hp (138 kW) Continental IO-360. Quartz Mountain Aerospace produced the 11E in Altus, Oklahoma until they declared bankruptcy in November 2009. There are 15 examples registered in the U.S. civil aircraft register as of March 2011. The remaining assets of Quartz Mountain Aerospace were auctioned in 2011 to RA Lalli, based in Stratford, Conn., including the type and production certificates, 7 completed aircraft, and a large amount of spares. The Connecticut group which fabricates and supplies aircraft parts to several major North American companies was the successful bidder for the airplane's Federal Aviation Administration type certificate. Geza Scap, president of JGS Properties, said he purchased the Luscombe type certificate because he is interested in manufacturing the plane, a single-engine four-seater. Scap said his company fabricates parts for Boeing and for several helicopter companies and owns five vehicle dealerships in Connecticut.

Specifications: Luscombe Model 11 Sedan

General characteristics
Crew: 1
Capacity: 3 passengers
Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.2 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.6 m)
Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.1 m)
Wing area: 165 ft² (15.33 m²)
Empty weight: 1280 lb (581 kg)
Useful load: 1000 lb (454 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 2280 lb (1035 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Continental E-165-2, 165 hp @ 2050 RPM (123 kW)

Never exceed speed: 157 knots (180 mph, 290 km/h)
Maximum speed: 122 kt (140 mph, 225 km/h)
Cruise speed: 113 knots (130 mph, 209 km/h)
Stall speed: 48 knots (55 mph, 89 km/h)
Range: 500 nm (576 mi, 926 km)
Service ceiling: 17,000 ft (5182 m)
Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)
Wing loading: 13.82 lb/ft² (67.52 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 13.82 lb/hp (18.54 kg/kW)

Last updated April 09, 2012
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