Culver Cadet

1st Flight 1939

The Culver Cadet is an American two-seat light monoplane aircraft.

Variants

Cadet LCA

Initial production version powered by a 75 hp (56 kW) Continental A75-8.

Cadet LFA

Improved variant with an 80 hp (60 kW) Franklin 4AC-176-F3, Franklin 4AC-176-D2, or Franklin 4AC-176-D3 engine, and a full electrical system and engine starter.

Cadet LFA-90

Limited edition variant with a 90 hp (67 kW) Franklin 4AC-199-E3 engine.

LAR (Army A-8)

Initial designation of military radio-controlled drone version, later redesignated PQ-8.

LAR-90 (Army PQ-8)

Initial production military drone version, 200 built.

PQ-8A

PQ-8 powered by a 125 hp (93 kW) Lycoming O-290 engine, redesignated Q-8A in 1948, 200 built.

Q-8A

PQ-8A redesignated in 1948.

TDC-1

One PQ-8 for evaluation by the United States Navy.

TDC-2

Production version of the PQ-8A for the Navy, 200 built.

Specifications

Crew: two

Length: 17 ft 8 in (5.38 m)

Wingspan: 27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)

Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Wing area: 120 sq ft (11.15 m2)

Empty weight: 806 lb (366 kg)

Max take-off weight: 1,305 lb (592 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Franklin 4AC-176-F3 flat-four piston, 80 hp (60 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 142 mph (229 km/h, 123 kn)

Range: 500 mi (805 km, 430 nmi)

Service ceiling: 17,000 ft (5,180 m).

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