2022

Mustang P-51 & ScaleWings 70% replica / 2022 06 24 /

P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in April 1940 by a team headed by James Kindelberger of North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission.

The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed, and first flew on 26 October. The cost of production in 1945 was 50 000 dollars.
A total of 15,875 aircraft were produced.
The majority of P-51's remained in the Air Force for a long time, although from 1946 they were gradually replaced by jet fighters. The obsolete P-51 could be bought very cheaply ($1000), so it was also used extensively for personal use. The P-51C won many victories in various air races. It is still used in many places for recreational purposes, but its price has risen to two million dollars.

P-51D MUSTANG SPECIFICATIONS
Crew: 1 Wingspan: 11 m (37 ft)
Length: 9.83 m (32 ft 3 in) Height: 4.07 m (13 ft 4.5 in)
Wing area: 21.8 m2 (235 sq ft) Emty weight: 3.463 kg (7.635 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 5.488 kg (12.100 lb) Gross weight: 4.173 kg (9.200 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Packard (Rolls Royce) V-1650-7 Merlin 12-cylinder liquid cooled engine, 1,490 hp (1,110 kW) at 3,000 rpm; 1,720 hp (1,280 kW) at WEP
Propellers: 4-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed, variable-pitch, 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m) diameter
P-51D MUSTANG PERFORMANCE
Max. speed: 710 km/h (440 mph) Cruise speed: 583 km/h (362 mph)
Power/mass: 300 W/kg (0.18 hp/lb) Stall speed: 160 km/h (100 mph)
Service ceiling: 12.800 m (41.900 ft) Rate of climb: 16 m/s (3.200 ft/min)
Range: 2.660 km (1.650 mi) Wing loading: 190 kg/m2 (39 lb/ft2)
ARMAMENT
Guns: 6 × 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) AN/M2 Browning machine guns with 1,840 total rounds (380 rounds for each on the inboard pair and 270 rounds for each of the outer two pair)
Rockets: 6 or 10 × 5.0 in (127 mm) T64 HVAR rockets (P-51D-25, P-51K-10 on)
Bombs: 1 × 100 lb (45 kg) or 250 lb (110 kg) bomb or 500 lb (230 kg) bomb on hardpoint under each wing

OO-SPA at home / 2022 06 05 /

Photo credit: Skydive Spa


Cessna 208B Grand Caravan / 2022 05 27 /


Cessna 172 / 2022 04 16 /

All aviators know the Cessna 172. We have serviced many of them in our 30 years of operation. Here are some of the more interesting facts.

The top five most produced aircraft:
Cessna 172 - 44.000
Ilyushin IL2 - 36.183
Meserschmit BF109 - 34.852
Piper PA28 - 32.778

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft. It was developed from the 1948 Cessna 170 but with tricycle landing gear rather than conventional landing gear. The Skyhawk name was originally used for a trim package, but was later applied to all standard-production 172 aircraft, while some upgraded versions were marketed as the Cutlass.
Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956, and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000 units. The aircraft remains in production today.
On May 28, 1987, a rented Cessna 172P, registered D-ECJB, was used by German teenage pilot Mathias Rust in an unauthorized flight from Helsinki-Malmi Airport through Soviet airspace to land near the Red Square in Moscow, all without being intercepted by Soviet air defense.

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
Crew / Capacity: 1 pilot / 3 passengers Length: 8.28 m (27 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in) Wing area: 16.2 m2 m (174 sq ft)
Emty weight: 767 kg (1.691 lb) Gross weight: 1.111 kg (2.450 lb)
Airfoil: modified NACA 2412 Fuel capacity: 212 ltr (56 US gal)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360-L2A four cylinder, aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)
Propellers: 2-bladed metal, fixed pitch
PERFORMANCE
Cruise speed: 226 km/h (140 mph) Stall speed: 87 km/h (54 mph)
Range: 1.289 km (801 mi) with 45 minute reserve, 55% power, at 12,000 ft

Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker / 2022 03 20 /

Today people gathered at Pociūnai airfield to see the first flight of Bellanca CH-300.