Kinner XRK Envoy

The Envoy was a four-seat version of the Sportwing.

It had low wings fitted with wire bracing from fuselage points just below the cabin windows.

The conventional, fixed tail wheel undercarriage was fitted with streamlined spats on the main gear.

The low-set tail plane was braced by wires from the middle of the fin.

Four civil examples were completed from 1934.

These were fitted with a 300 h.p. Kinner C-7 engine and were sold to civil pilot owners.

The civil aircraft were followed in 1936 by three aircraft for the United States Navy for use in communications work and designated XRK-1.

The USN machines served until the early years of World War II.

The Imperial Japanese Navy evaluated a single example as the LXK.

When they were delivered the USN examples were fitted with a 340 h.p. Kinner R-1044-2 engine, but one example used for VIP transport was later fitted with a 400 h.p. Pratt & Whitney R-985-38 radial engine.

The C-7 was the last of Kinner’s production models.

A total of 8 aircraft were built.

Specifications

Crew

1

Capacity

4

Length

28 ft 7 in (8.71 m)

Wingspan

39 ft 9 in (12.12 m)

Empty weight

2,550 lb (1,157 kg)

Gross weight

4,000 lb (1,814 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Kinner R-1044-2 , 340 hp (254 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed

171 mph (275 km/h, 149 kn)

Cruise speed

150 mph (240 km/h, 130 kn)

Range

700 mi (1,100 km, 610 nmi).

 

 

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