Pou du Ciel

by Henri Mignet
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Also known as the Flying Flea, this aircraft flew for the first time back in 1933. Designed by the frenchman Henri Mignet, it was thought to be the aeroplane anyone could fly.

Unfortunately The Flying Flea got some bad reputation because of some accidents when pilots could not pull the airplane out of a shallow dive. It was later found out that the cause was due to wing interference. This interference happened when people installed bigger and more powerful engines. The increased airflow from the propeller would cause the rear wing to get more lift, hence causing the plane to fly straight into the ground. Later this problem was corrected, but the bad reputation would not completely go away...

The Pou-du-Ciel was developed into several different models over the years. Just in France over 500 were built. Photo: wikipedia

Specifications

Empty weight:
410 lbs (186 kg)
MTOW:
700 lbs (318 kg)
Stall speed:
30 kts (35 mph) (56 kph)
Cruise speed:
70 kts (81 mph) (130 kph)
VNE:
74 kts (85 mph) (137 kph)
Climb:
600 ft/min (3 m/s)
Engine:
McCulloch, 72 hp (54 kW)
For sale for: USD 350 / EUR 297

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