Luscombe Model 8 Silvaire

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeTwo seat light aircraft
  • Powerplants8A - One 50kW (65hp) Continental A65 flat four piston engine driving a two blade fixed pitch propeller. 8F Special - One 65kW (90hp) Continental C90 flat four.
  • Performance8A - Max speed 185km/h (100kt), cruising speed at 75% power 165km/h (90kt). Initial rate of climb 900ft/min. Service ceiling 15,000ft. Range 595km (320nm). 8F - Max speed 206km/h (111kt), max cruising speed 193km/h (104kt). Initial rate of climb 900ft/min. Range 804km (435nm).
  • Weights8A - Empty 302kg (665lb), max takeoff 545kg (1200lb). 8F Special - Empty 395kg (870lb), max takeoff 635kg (1400lb).
  • Dimentions8A & 8F Special - Wing span 10.68m (35ft 0in), length 6.10m (20ft 0in), height 1.78m (5ft 10in). Wing area 13.0m2 (140.0sq ft).
  • CapacitySeating for two side by side
  • ProductionSome 5970 Model 8s were built between 1938 and 1961, including 5840 by Luscombe, 50 by Temco, and 80 by Silvaire.

The Luscombe 8 Silvaire was a profoundly fruitful two seat high wing light air ship inherent the years encompassing World War 2. Today it stays well known as a fantastic air ship.

Before bringing the Silvaire into generation in 1937 Luscombe had assembled a little number of two seat high wing light air ship, the most well known of which was the Phantom, which was controlled by a 108kw (145hp) Warner Super Scarab outspread motor. The beginning Model 8 Silvaire was like the Phantom in arrangement yet contrasted in that it was controlled by a 37kw (50hp) Continental A-50 motor. An all the more up business show, the 8a was likewise fabricated from 1939, emphasizing a larger amount of standard supplies, 50kw (65hp) Continental A-65 motor, and enhanced lodge trim. The 8b was like the 8a other than it was controlled by a 48kw (65hp) Lycoming O-145 motor.

In 1941 Luscombe discharged the 8c which offered a 55kw (75hp) Continental motor, and the 8d, which varied in having wingtip fuel tanks. In excess of 1200 Model 8s were manufactured through to ahead of schedule 1942 when generation stopped because of the United States' passage into Ww2.

Soon after the end of the war in late 1945 Luscombe continued Silvaire creation to take care of the blasting demand accomplished by all US light flying machine producers as returned military pilots needed to keep flying in regular citizen life. From 1946 all Luscombes emphasized another metal wing with a solitary strut. The main Silvaire to gimmick the new wing was the 8e, which was controlled by a 65kw (85hp) Continental C85-12 motor.

The last Silvaire creation model was the 8f, which emphasized a 65kw (90hp) Continental C90. The 8a Skypal in the mean time was a lower fueled variation of the 8f with a Continental A-65.

Budgetary troubles constrained Luscombe to stop exchanging 1949. US organization Temco assumed control generation and manufactured a little number before it excessively stopped creation in 1950. At last, a few Silvaires were assembled via Silvaire Aircraft Company in Colorado somewhere around 1956 and 1960.

In 1998 another arrangement developed to re-acquaint the 8f with creation. Maryland based Renaissance Aircraft arrangements to re-testament an enhanced 8f with current instrumentation and aeronautics and fueled by either a Lycoming O-320 or 110kw/145hp Walter Lom M-32, while creation flying machine would be manufactured by the Czech Aircraft Works. In 1999 a model was produced using a restored unique 8f. Renaissance cites an unit cost of $us71,200 (VFR) to 90,200 (IFR).

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