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Culver Model V

Model V

National origin: United States
Manufacturer: Culver Aircraft Company
First flight: 1946
Number built: 378 (V-1)

The Culver Model V was a two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by the Culver Aircraft Company.

Development

Based on the pre-war Cadet and using the wartime experience with radio-controlled aircraft the company designed a two-seat cabin monoplane. The Model V has a low-set cantiliver wing with the out panels have a pronounced dihederal. It had a tricycle retractable landing gear and an enclosed cabin with side-by-side seating for two. It was unique in that it has a system called Simpli-Fly Control where the aircraft was automatically trimmed for take-off, landing and cruise, by turning a small metal wheel between the two seats and lining up two arrows with the mode of flying the aircraft is needed. Interconnecting controls then do the adjustment of the trim according to the arrow settings. Simpli-Fly was not popular with pilots. And Only a limited production run of 350 Model Vs was achieved before the company went bankrupt.

In 1956 the Superior Aircraft Company bought the assest of Culver and put the Model V back into production as the Superior Satellite. The main difference was the use of a 95 hp Continental engine which increased the cruise speed to 130 mph (209 km/h). Only a prototype and five production aircraft were built.

Variants

V-1
Initial production variant, 378 built (erroneous number, actual was closer to 90).
V-2
Improved variant, 15 built (Juptner reported 1 V-2 was built).
Superior Satellite
1956 variant with a 95hp Continental engine, six built.
XPQ-15
United States military designation for four civil Model Vs bought for evaluation.
TD4C
USN radio-contolled target version of the V-2
UC
The utility version of the TD4C, also converted to target drone as the UC-1K.

Specifications (V-1)

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General characteristics

Crew: 1 (pilot)
Capacity: 1 (passenger)
Length: 20 ft 8 in (6.31 m)
Wingspan: 29 ft 0 in (8.84 m)
Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.07 m)
Wing area: 125.9 ft (11.70 m)
Empty weight: 1070 lb (485 kg)
Gross weight: 1600 lb (726 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Continental C-85 flat-four piston engine, 85 hp (63 kW)

Performance

Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
Range: 338 miles (544 km)
Service ceiling: 13,200 ft (4025 m)

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