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Corby CJ-1 Starlet

The Starlet was designed by Australian aero engineer John Corby for a competition held by English company Rollason Aircraft Ltd in 1964. The design was placed eighth, although it became first from the competition to be built. The prototype (VH-CBS) first flew on August 9th, 1967.

The Corby Starlet is a semi-aerobatic sports aircraft made of an all-wood construction.

The fuselage is a combination of spruce longerons and frames and is sheeted with plywood.
The wing is a single-piece structure, consisting of a solid laminated spar and built-up ribs.
The remainder of the wing, including the ailerons, is open-structure and fabric covered.

The D-nose leading edge is plywood covered. The main undercarriage consists of spring-steel legs bolted to a stiffened frame in the fuselage, immediately behind the firewall.

Many examples of this aircraft are flown in countries all over the world.

(Constructed and kindly Donated by Mr. Gordon Timmins)

 Technical Data
Model: Corby Starlet CJ-1
Group Code: CONV
Landing Gear: FG (Tailwheel)
Seats: 1
Construction Material: Spruce & Plywood
Engine: VW or Jabiru
Horsepower: VW 45 - 75 hp Jabiru 80 hp
Propeller: Wood 54 inch
Maximum Speed: 139 kts @ sea level
Cruise Speed: 113 kts
Stall (or Min.) Speed:@ gross weight 30 kts
Service Ceiling: 14,500 ft (4419 m)
Takeoff Distance: 350 ft (106 m)
Landing Distance: 450 ft (137 m)
Rate of Climb (gross): 1000 fpm
Maximum Range: 425 nm
Empty Weight: 450 lbs (203.6 kg)
Gross Weight: 750 lbs (339.4 kg)
Useful Load: 300 lbs (135.7 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 11.1 gal (42 l)
Cabin Width: 21.75 inch (.55 m)
Overall Length: 15.1 ft (4.6 m)
Height: 4.8 ft (1.46 m)
Wingspan: 18.5 ft (5.63 m)
Wing Area: 68.5 sq ft (6.36 sq m)
Wing Loading: 10.9 lbs/sq ft (4.9 kg/sq m)
"G" Loading: +4.5g (+6.75g ultimate), -4.5g

 

 

 

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