|1978 Maule M-5-235C - C-GXDB (sn 7224C)
Photo taken July 28, 2011 @ Oshkosh (EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base) Vette/Blust Seaplane Base, WI - USA (96WI)
|Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
The Maule M-5 is an American four-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by the Maule Aircraft Company.
Design and development
The M-5 was a development of the earlier Maule M-4 with improved STOL performance. It has a 30% increase in flap area and enlarged tail surfaces.
Two prototype M-5s flew in 1971, one powered by a 210-hp (157kW) engine, the other with a 220-hp (164kW) engine.
The M-5 is a steel-tube and fabric high-wing braced-monoplane with a cantilever tailplane with a single fin and rudder. It has a fixed-tailwheel landing gear and an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. The aircraft entered production in 1974 and was named the Strata Rocket and the Lunar Rocket. A generally similar M-6 Super Rocket was also developed with a 3-foot-longer (0.91 m) wingspan and more fuel capacity, smaller ailerons and larger flaps.
Initial production variant with a 180-horsepower (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-C1F engine, more than 94 built.
One aircraft modified with a 200-horsepower (149 kW) engine.
- M-5-210C Strata Rocket
180C with a 210-horsepower (157 kW) Continental IO-360-D engine in a revised cowling, 206 built.
- M-5-210TC Lunar Rocker
210C fitted with a turbocharged 210-horsepower (157 kW) Lycoming TO-360 engine, 10 built.
- M-5-220C Lunar Rocket
210C fitted with a 220-horsepower (164 kW) Franklin 6A-350-C1 engine, 57 built.
- M-5-235C Lunar Rocket
210C fitted with a 235-horsepower (175 kW) Lycoming O-540-J1A5D engine, more than 379 built.
- M-6-235C Super Rocket
235C with a 3-foot-longer (0.91 m) wingspan and more fuel capacity, smaller ailerons and larger flaps, 136 built.
Specifications (M-5-235C Strata Rocket)
Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Wingspan: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
Height: 6 ft 2½ in (1.89 m)
Wing area: 157.90 ft² (14.67 m²)
Empty weight: 1400 lb (635 kg)
Gross weight: 2300 lb (1043 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-540-J1A5D flat-six piston engine, 235 hp (175 kW)
Maximum speed: 172 mph (277 km/h)
Range: 550 miles (885 km)
Service ceiling: 20000 ft (6095 m)