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Taylorcraft Model B Trainer

Taylorcraft Model B Trainer
Single-engine Two-seat High-wing Light Cabin Monoplane


Archive Photos 1


1939 Taylorcraft BL-65 (N23844, s/n 1480)

1939 Taylorcraft BL-65 (N23844, s/n 1480) at the 2009 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, CA (Photo No. 20090111-0159) 1939 Taylorcraft BL-65 (N23844, s/n 1480) at the 2009 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, CA (Photo No. 20090111-0038) 1939 Taylorcraft BL-65 (N23844, s/n 1480) at the 2009 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, CA (Photo No. 20090111-0039) 1939 Taylorcraft BL-65 (N23844, s/n 1480) at the 2009 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, CA (Photo No. 20090111-0040)

Overview 2


  • Role: Personal and training aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Taylorcraft Aircraft
  • Designed by: Clarence Gilbert Taylor
  • Developed from: Taylorcraft Model A
  • Variants: Taylorcraft Auster

The Taylorcraft B is a light, side-by-side two place, single engine, high wing general aviation monoplane that was built by the Taylorcraft Aviation Corporation of Alliance, Ohio. The aircraft was available as a land plane and a floatplane.

Specifications and Performance Data 3


Type:
  • Two-seat light cabin monoplane.
Wings:
  • High-wing braced monoplane.
  • Wings attached to top of fuselage and braced to lower longerons by steel-tube Vee struts, which have vertical intermediate struts located at their centers.
  • Wing structure consists of two wood-spars, wood-ribs, and fabric covering.
Fuselage:
  • Welded steel-tube structure, covered with fabric.
Tail Unit:
  • Wire-braced monoplane type.
  • Welded steel-tube framework, covered with fabric.
Landing Gear:
  • Split type.
  • Consists of two faired side Vees hinged to the lower fuselage longerons, with bent half-axles sprung on the center-line of the underside of the fuselage by rubber shock-absorber cord.
  • Welded steel-tube swivelling tail-wheel.
Power Plant:
  • One 65-hp Lycoming O-145-B2, Continental A-65 or Franklin 4AC-176 four-cylinder opposed air-cooled engine.
  • Fuel capacity: 12 U.S. gallons.
  • Auxiliary tank (6 U.S. gallons capacity) may be installed.
Accommodation:
  • Enclosed cabin, seating two side-by-side, with dual control.
  • Interchangeable wheel or stick type controls.
  • Door on each side of cabin.
Dimensions:
  • Span: 36 ft (11 m)
  • Length: 22 ft. (6.7 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.1 m)
  • Wing area: 183.5 ft2 (17 m2)
Weights and Loadings (65-hp Lycoming)
  • Weight empty: 670 lbs (287 kg)
  • Disposable load: 480 lbs (235 kg)
  • Weight loaded: 1,150 lbs (522 kg)
  • Wing loading: 6.88 lbs/ft2 (33.6 kg/m2)
  • Power loading: 22 lbs/hp (10 kg/hp)
Performance (65-hp Lycoming):
  • Maximum speed: 105 mph. (155 km/h)
  • Cruising speed: 95 mph (142 km/h.)
  • Landing speed: 35 mph. (46.3 km/h)
  • Initial rate of climb: 450 ft/min (137 m/min)
  • Absolute ceiling: 17,000 ft (3,660 m)
  • Cruising range: 250 miles (400 km)

References


  1. Photos, John Shupek, Copyright © 2009 Skytamer Images. All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikepedia. "Taylorcraft B." [Online] Available http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylorcraft_B, 04 October 2009
  3. Bridgman, Leonard (ed.) Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1945-46. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., 1946, pp 312c.