VSKYLABS FMX-4 'Facetmobile'

VSKYLABS Barnaby Wainfan FMX-4 Facetmobil prototype
It's an "Upgraded" version of the Facetmobile concept.
This model is slightly heavier and more powerful than the original design,
but in same scale and size.


From the official Facetmobile website:
The Facetmobile is an experimental lifting-body sport airplane.
It was built by Barnaby Wainfan, Rick Dean, and Lynne Wainfan to explore the characteristics and potential of this type of airplane.
The configuration was developed using a combination of analytical methods, radio-controlled model testing and wind-tunnel testing. In all, 8 radio-controlled models were built and flown. Construction of N117WD took 2 1/2 years. First flight was April 22, 1993. Total flight time to date is approximately 130 hours. No plans or kits are currently being offered.

Link to the Facetmobile website

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Wainfan FMX-4 Facetmobile is an American homebuilt aircraft designed by Barnaby Wainfan, a NACA aerodynamicist and homebuilt aircraft engineer.
While only one Facetmobile prototype was produced, it has become well known due to its unique nature. The aircraft is something of a cross between a lifting body and flying wing configuration - the whole aircraft is one low aspect ratio wing: a flat, angular lifting shape. Particularly notable is that the aircraft's shape is formed of a series of 11 flat surfaces, somewhat similar to the body of the F-117 Nighthawk jet strike aircraft, but without separate wing structures.

General characteristics:
(Data from Sport Aviation):
Crew: 1
Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Wingspan: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Wing area: 214 sq ft (19.9 m2)
Empty weight: 370 lb (168 kg)
Gross weight: 740 lb (336 kg)
Fuel capacity: 10-13 gallons
Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 503 DC , 50 hp (37 kW)
Propellers: 3-bladed GSC

Maximum speed: 96 kn (110 mph; 178 km/h)
Cruise speed: 80 kn (92 mph; 148 km/h)
Stall speed: 29 kn; 53 km/h (33 mph)
Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)
Wing loading: 3.45 lb/sq ft (16.8 kg/m²)

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