Citabria. Specifications. A photo.
Citabria - American single-engine light aircraft, manufactured by «Champion Aircraft» with 1964 till now.
The first development of Citabria plane began to lead in the early 60-ies in the process. before the aircraft manufacturers had a task in the creation of a small, cheap and popular aircraft that managed to recreate in just two years.
His first flight of the aircraft Citabria made in 1964, after which, literally within a few months he was put into mass production, and which is now, but with a number of technical improvements and innovations.
In almost no technical terms, the plane Citabria any advantages over small-engine aircraft internationally renowned aircraft manufacturers, in particular, meant Beechcraft, Cessna and the Piper, however, the determining factor in this case was the low price of the aircraft, which is much lower than that of designated aircraft manufacturers.
On board the aircraft Citabria can only accommodate two people - a pilot and a passenger, which is very little, and in some cases inferior aircraft three and four-bed arrangement. Nevertheless, thanks to the paired control the aircraft can also be used to train future pilots, which explains its popularity among flying clubs and schools to train pilots.
According to some information, the development of the aircraft used Citabria aircraft design other American aircraft manufacturers, in particular, refers to the model Aeronca C-2. In this case, the interior layout is very similar, but not identical, because the aircraft manufacturer has carried out a number of technical innovations to a great extent improve comfort when the fly.
The aircraft is equipped Citabria single piston aircraft engine Continental O-200-A (basic production version), with a capacity of 100 hp, which allows the aircraft to disperse the maximum speed of flight in 205 kilometers per hour and cover distances up to 750 km. Later, with the advent of modifications powerplant Citabria aircraft has undergone a number of significant changes, and, in fact, has become more powerful and effective in its operation.
In 1965, American aeronautical engineer from the company «Champion Aircraft» presented an improved modification of the basic production version of the aircraft, received the name Citabria 150. The main difference between this version is the availability of more powerful powerplant accelerates plane to 230 km \ h; revised chassis and a modified wing profile. Some changes have also touched upon the cabin of the aircraft, however, on the flight performance of the aircraft they had no influence.
Modification Citabria 150s was presented in 1965 year. Changes done by aeronautical engineer, concerned mainly the fuselage of the aircraft, in particular, has increased wingspan, change the length and height of the aircraft to ensure more favorable conditions of the pilot and passenger.
In 1968 year was a modification Citabria «B» Package, which received a number of changes in the fuel system, as well as the expanded volume of the tanks, which in turn allows to overcome the distance to 920 km. The power plant of the aircraft has not changed.
Citabria Pro model has been presented in 1968 year, with it, there were different kinds of changes that are taking reducing the size of the fuselage and the wingspan, modifications of the power plant, changing the profile of the wing, and others.
Planes Citabria (also including modifications) were in demand, and the Air Force of several countries, including Tonga, Turkey and the United States. These aircraft were used primarily for pilot training and implementation of observation flights.
- Crew: 1 people;
- Passenger: 1 people;
- aircraft Length: 6,93 m (depending on version).
- Wingspan: 10,2 m (depending on version).
- Plane Height: 1,96 m (depending on version).
- Weight of empty aircraft: 503 kg. (Depending on version);
- Payload: 245 kg. (Depending on version);
- Maximum takeoff weight: 748 kg. (Depending on version);
- Cruising speed: 203 km \ h. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight speed: 261 km \ h. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight distance: 805 km. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight height: 3660 m .;
- aircraft engine type: a piston;
- Powerplant: Lycoming O-320-A2B (depending on version);
- Power: 150 hp (Depending on version).
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