Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer. Specifications. A photo.
Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer. Specifications. A photo.

Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer. Specifications. A photo.


Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer - small-engine amphibious aircraft designed and manufactured by the American aircraft manufacturer «Colonial Aircraft Corporation» with 1948 1951 for the year as a multi-purpose aircraft.


Photo Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer


The first development aircraft Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer are 1946 year, thus, the American designer of the company «Colonial Aircraft Corporation» not only managed to develop a very interesting design for the aircraft of the postwar period, but in fact, as much as possible to optimize the design of the aircraft to effectively operation.

The first flight of the aircraft models Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer was made in 1948 year, however, even for a few months, the aircraft is technically finalized, and ultimately, the aircraft was not only practical but also very reliable in terms of its use. However, the aircraft was not designed for commercial use, and therefore the production of this aircraft was very limited - for the entire production cycle was built 43 aircraft current model, of which, according to 2013 year in operation is only 12 planes .


Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer  a photo


The Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer can accommodate up to three people, including one crew member, and, despite the rather compact size of the aircraft, it is also suitable for the carriage of goods - the maximum mass of cargo placed on board, taking into account the weight pilot, is about 317 kilograms, while the aircraft is capable of flying at distances of up to 966 kilometers.

The aircraft engine installed on the Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer is a push-type propulsion system located at the top of the aircraft. The model of the Lycoming O-320 four-cylinder aircraft engine has a power of 150 hp, is reliable, fairly cheap and easy in terms of operation and maintenance, and in addition, it allows the aircraft to reach speeds of up to 201 km / h, which is quite a bit for modern to standards, however, given the design feature and production time, it is very effective.


Aircraft Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer 


Subsequently, in 1950-ies, based on the model of Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer were created modified versions, radically different from the original and degenerate in some models. Unlike models Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer, variants of this aircraft became more popular, and their total production amounted to more than 1000 units.


Specifications Colonial Model C-1 Skimmer.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 2 person;
  • aircraft Length: 7,16 m .;
  • Wingspan: 10,36 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,69 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 658 kg .;
  • Payload: 317 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 975 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 180 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 201 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 966 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3500 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-320;
  • Power: 150 hp


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