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Comeback Scheduled For The Windecker Eagle?

EagleAero To Produce Updated Version Of Windecker Eagle Airplane

Here's a blast from the past... An up-dated version of the Windecker EAGLE, the world's first "plastic" airplane, is being planned for production. A company, EAGLEAERO, INC., has been formed to produce and market this all composite, single engine, retractable gear, high performance, four seat craft.

The EAGLE will be based on the FAA Type Certificated model built in the late sixties by Dr. Leo Windecker.

"EAGLEAERO is investigating strategic partner relationships with key suppliers of engines, instruments, and airframes. We hope to finalize an assembly arrangement with an established manufacturer with composite fabrication experience," according to spokesman Charles H. Roche.

EAGLEAERO has the exclusive rights to build the EAGLE and modifications of it. It obtained the rights from Composite Aircraft Corporation. Windecker's design enabled Jerry Dietrick, formerly owner of Composite, to set five world records with an EAGLE.

Windecker Eagle World Speed Records  (1979 - 1980)

Cincinnati/London 187.75 mph  Paris/Cincinnati  155.47 mph
Cincinnati/Munich 186.06 mph New York/Paris  194.31 mph
Cincinnati/Paris  188.97 mph

As a tribute to aviation pioneering, one EAGLE is in the Smithsonian Museum (NASM) to be preserved for posterity.

Windecker Airplane-Model AC-7, FAA Type Certificate A7SW
Issued: Dec.18, 1969   Re-issue: Dec. 26, 1979

Gross Wt.    3400 lb  Optimum Range  1230 sm
Empty Wt.  2150 lb  Climb Rate   1220 fpm 
Top Speed  210 mph Ceiling   18,000 ft
Cruise, 75%  204 mph Full Stall   66 mph
Engine Continental IO-520C, 285 hp Propeller- CS, 2 blade, 84"



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