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Arrow Sport A2-60
United States — two-seat single-engine sporting biplane


Archive Photos ¹


[1929 Arrow “Sport” A2-60 (N9325 / G-AARO) on display 2/16/2004 at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (Jim Hough photo copyright © 2004 Jim Hough)]

Overview ²


  • Arrow Sport A2-60
  • Sports plane
  • Manufacturer: Arrow Aircraft and Motors
  • Designed by: Sven Swanson
  • First flight: 1926
  • Number built: 100

The Arrow Sport was a two-seat sporting biplane aircraft built in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s.

Design and Construction ²


It was of largely conventional configuration with tail skid undercarriage, but was interesting in that the pilot and passenger sat side-by-side in the open cockpit, and because as originally designed, the fully cantilever wings lacked interplane struts - the upper wing attaching directly to the top of the fuselage. This latter feature proved so alarming to many prospective pilots that the manufacturer later supplied N-type struts that were of no real function other than to allay the aviators' fears.

Survivors ²


Several Sport aircraft are currently flying in the United States in 2009. Nine Sports are preserved in U.S. museums and collections including an example of the A2-60 variant at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

Variants ²


  • Sport - Two-seat spotting biplane, powered by a 60-hp (45-kW) Le Blond radial piston engine.
  • Sport A2-60
  • Sport A2-66
  • Sport A2-90 Tangerine
  • Sport Pursuit (renamed Sport K in 1935) - Improved version, powered by a 100-hp (75-kW) Kinner K-5 radial engine.

Specifications (A2-60) ²


General Characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 3 in (5.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 25 ft 9 in (7.8 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 5 in (2.2 m)
  • Empty weight: 900 lb (408 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Le Blond 5, 60 hp (45 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h)
  • Range: 280 miles (450 km)

References


  1. Hough, Jim. “Arrow Sport A2-60,” The Skytamer Archive, Copyright © 2004 Jim Hough. All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikipedia. Arrow Sport

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