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Aero-TV Explores The Murphy Yukon

An Old Friend Proves That He's Still A Master Aircrafter

We caught up with an old friend a few months ago -- Canadian Aircraft Designer, Darryl Murphy. While it was nice to renew old acquaintances and talk shop... it was nicer still to see that there was a new aircraft in the world of Murphy Aircraft. Murphy Aircraft's new Yukon was designed with "versatility foremost in mind" with roomy seating for four, an economical engine option (using the Lycoming O-360), and a separate cargo compartment -- with a door big enough for all manner of cargo. Even more versatility has been built into this design with the availability of your choice of tricycle or conventional landing gear -- or even floats (straight floats or amphibs, too)!

The kit boasts jig-less construction and the option of fast-build kits so that building one doesn't have to be a life-long chore. The aircraft, based on Murphy's highly regarded SR2500 Super Rebel and Moose, provides excellent cruise performance, docile stall characteristics, forgiving low speed handling and simplicity of construction.

Darryl notes that while the Yukon is derived largely on the original SR2500 platform, it is designed to be a more affordable platform for builders to purchase, operate and maintain. Where the awesome 360+ HP Moose covers the heavy end of the spectrum with its rip-snorting radial engine and as many as six seats, the Yukon's approach was far more basic. Darryl stayed with four seats and a smaller, lighter powerplant so that the Yukon offered as much as possible on tighter budgets.

It's an adaptable bird, none-the-less, due to a "larger than life" passenger cabin and flexible seating arrangements. With all four seats in place, there is still sufficient room for two tents, coolers, chairs and camping gear for four. Removing the rear seat opens a HUGE area within which you can load items from stretchers to bicycles, or even use as sleeping accommodations!

With two large main doors, removable seats and the standard extra large cargo door, the huge interior (two inches wider than a Cessna 180) also easily accommodates bulky or long loads such as bikes, skis, furniture, lumber or camping supplies for four! The Yukon can even be used as a photographic platform with the rear baggage door removed. Hmmmm... there's an idea.

Murphy's Fast-Build Option

Like other Murphy birds, Darryl is offering a "Fast-Build" Option... All Fast-Build Yukon kits are delivered with the following structures partially completed. Certain skins which must be removed to allow for inspection, are finished, but held in place with temporary soft aluminum rivets:

WINGS - These are complete except for the fiberglass wing tip. Fuel tanks are sealed and pressure tested. Lower main wing skins are temporarily installed and require final riveting.

TAIL FEATHERS - These are complete except for the aerodynamic balances. Bottom skins are temporarily installed.

AILERONS AND FLAPS -Partially assembled, and in the case of the ailerons, again the aerodynamic balances must be completed. These control surfaces are ready to mount on the wings for final adjustment. Bottom skins are temporarily installed.

FUSELAGE -Perhaps the most impressive assembly since it's ready to go on its gear, and the wings, including the lift struts, can be bolted in place. The builder can climb right inside and start working in the cabin to complete the installation of the controls, doors, inner floor, seats, windows, and instrument panel.]

Fully approved to meet the 51% rule, meticulously assembled by skilled technicians and quality controlled, the Murphy Aircraft Fast-Build Yukon kit brings a new dimension to many year's a winning design philosophy at Murphy Aircraft.

Aero-TV Explores The Murphy Yukon

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

OK, folks, here we go... we are NOW initiating the first feature programming series for Aero-TV... we're going to take it slow, but we're also going to try and be steady about this. DO UNDERSTAND that this is the most complex media program we've ever undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg... but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate, inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. 

If you've been an observer of the media and associated media industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction). Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for revolutionary change.

We've been ready to go for a while, but to be honest, there's so much more to this program than we've alluded to, and so we've been building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That said, we're hiring talented new people as fast as we can find them (a far more difficult task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find), and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've ever undertaken. 

E-I-C Note: The complete feature shown above is embedded in this story, with most of the slick and useful functionality otherwise available on the main Aero-TV site (which will be upgraded aggressively over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to implement in different phases of the initial release of Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature program to embed it on a different web site, though we must note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of the Aero-News Network, Inc.  

Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For MY Website! link.

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