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Photo: Robert Deering 6/15/2013
Denton Municipal Airport
Denton, Texas

The aircraft has a classic structure consisting of a welded tube fuselage and wooden wings, all fabric covered. It is a tandem open-cockpit two-seat biplane and is stressed for normal aerobatics. The cockpits are frequently constructed as a single tandem cabin with an enclosing bubble canopy. Some aerobatic competition aircraft are built as single seaters with the front cockpit closed off.

The original Skybolt had a 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming HO-360-B1B engine, but powerplants of 150 to 260 hp (112 to 194 kW) can be installed.

The Skybolt has become popular as an amateur-built sporting biplane, with over 400 aircraft having been completed from construction plans sold in over 29 countries. A Skybolt won the Reserve Grand Champion Custom Built for 1979 at the Experimental Aircraft Association airshow in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Sixteen examples were registered in the United Kingdom in January 2009.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 0 in (5.79 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,080 lb (490 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,650 lb (748 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 Lycoming HO-360-B1B piston, 180 hp (130 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 145 mph (233 km/h; 126 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (113 kn; 209 km/h)
  • Range: 450 mi (391 nmi; 724 km)
  • Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (13 m/s)

Source: Wikipedia