Have to say, however…. var style= document.createElement('style'); A nice one can certainly be had for $20,000 – see examples below. // ]]> $(input_id).focus(); With 25 gallon tanks and economy cruise you can fly as long and far as you’d probably want given the interior space available, then return without adding fuel. } Oh yeah, it will out run a Champ or Cub any day of the week. Luscombe Silvaire Model 8C Luscombe Silvaire a Golden Age Classic. They made around 6000 of them in six different variants, before and after World War II, in three different US factories. [CDATA[ I flew Luscombe 8A N122K out of the Council Bluffs, Iowa muni airport in 1950; my older brother was airport manager, and I mowed the runways to earn some flying time. } 8B – Used the Lycoming 0-145 65 HP engine that wasn’t terribly successful. The Luscombe 8 is a series of high-wing, side-by-side-seating monoplanes with conventional landing gear, designed in 1937 and built by Luscombe Aircraft. A few months later I had to join the USAF to avoid being drafted by the Army, and successfully made it through Aviation Cadets, thanks in large part to flying time in the Cub and Luscombe. Luscombe 8E SN5216 For Sale. msg = resp.msg; View 5. Some later metal wings on 8Fs have flaps actuated by a ceiling mounted lever. There are plenty of spare parts and the only thing I know that you should watch for when purchasing one is corrosion in the vertical stabilizer. var jqueryLoaded=jQuery; Rarely seen in original form. script.type = 'text/javascript'; My dad had a 1939 luscombe 8a with a continental a-65 He then sold it and 26 years latter bout a 1946 luscombe 8a that has all metal wings. A Luscombe enthusiast revives the type with a larger Continental engine and a lower gross weight. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cest-Folie-Michael-Wright/dp/0553817329. // ]]> mce_preload_checks++; Earlier planes had the throttle mounted high on the panel which provides good knee clearance. People have started to install VGs on Luscombes and they change this characteristic too. }); var i = 0; However, existing N-registered planes all operate in normal category, with a standard FAA C of A, unaffected. This was one of the reasons the plane went out of production in the 50s, the tribal knowledge was lost and FAA wanted better documentation for production by new TC owners. He was later lost flying across the Pacific in a Bonanza IIRC. parts are all standard stuff fitted to other types, and used parts are plentiful because over half of the planes produced have been scrapped, meaning 4000 planes! } var f = $(input_id); Another is that earlier, the first prototype test flight was in December of one year, and certified production was underway by August! At that time, late 30s, there was a growing demand for skilled aircraft metal workers and an economic depression, so the apprentices were close to unpaid. They built so many Luscombes they’re a bit like weeds, if you closely in any direction you see one Mostly I fly another plane now, but Luscombes get under your skin. } else { Here’s a photo of some in the UK, where owners seem to have a lot of fun with them. var txt = 'filled'; I have had the pleasure of flying one of these almost daily during my flight instructor days and it is a great little airplane. The rudder is exceptionally powerful and light and the ailerons are heavy. if (parts[1]==undefined){ The giant glove boxes had a second purpose as a location to install huge old radios on both sides, so there’s lots of room for that purpose today, using only the pilots side. The ailerons have a lot of adverse yaw, so you have to work your feet  – something I think makes you a better pilot. With this in mind a couple of planes have been fitted with radials, Warner and Rotec, and they fit pretty well. Jamestown, New York 14701 . EHLE / Lelystad, Netherlands, Netherlands. It should go without saying learning to fly one is a given. The flight controls are not well harmonized, but you get used to it. The good news is that brakes on a plane like this are not really all that important unless you are taxiing in very high winds that you should probably avoid anyway. 0 0. fnsurf. These have tandem seating and different windows/canopy. Like many older aircraft it is not particularly forgiving in slow flight, rough handling near the stall will make it spin. The last time I flew one was in the early 1990’s and it was quite benign, although the stall break was sharper than in a Cub. These have tandem seating and different windows/canopy. It managed to sell about 80 8Fs before collapsing in 1960. In the same situation, it floats only slightly more than a flaps-up C-150. } catch(e){ 3. Here’s the view over the nose of final, I think its attractive and the forward view is pretty much like a nose wheel plane even on the ground. Climb rate varies substantially depending on power and weight, from about 400 fpm to 900 fpm. They are distinguished by letter, except for the first one: 8 (no letter) – the original plane produced pre-war, first produced in 1938 as the ‘Luscombe 50’. head.appendChild(style); } Cleveland mechanicals are probably the best when in good order but like Scott 2000 tailwheels the availability and pricing of parts other than linings is problematic. I can’t wait to meet one in person to see if I fit :-). For the shipping cost, it might have been cheaper and quicker to fly out and hand carry back. There is very little aerodynamic stall warning/shudder but if the ball in centered it plays nicely and has a gentle stall. Regardless of engine power they all cruise in the region of 95-105 mph. } else { function(){ Here’s how the square tail surfaces look. Note: This information is strictly the opinion of the author. What would I buy….Luscombe 8A } DONALD A Luscombe founded the Luscombe Aircraft Company in 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri, and the first aircraft was the Luscombe Model 1 (the Luscombe Phantom). Traditionally, and for that reason, the Luscombe has served as a trainer for people transitioning into the Pitts, an economical half way step. } catch(e){ Otherwise VGs on a Luscombe improve control at low speeds quite a lot. One additional tailwheel issue is that because the original plane had a non-steerable tailwheel, the design of tailwheel chains in relation to the rudder was never really thought through with the round rudder. Later 8A panels moved the throttle to the base of the panel, which is a little less accommodating of long legs. $(f).append(html); input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]+'-addr1'; View 7. Maybe the most interesting thing overall is that 1946/47 production was not a cottage industry, it was a serious industrial situation for about two years. This is an excellent book with factory photos and detailed info that feel a bit like time travel if you’re so inclined. style.styleSheet.cssText = err_style; That one still has the bracing wires rather than the Silflex, a maule tailwheel and a 90-HP fitted in the last 10 years. html = '

It has a 36 ft wingspan to support only 800 or 900 lbs empty weight plus useful load, and a fairly thin wing, so it performs pretty well on low power when you consider the age of the design. I think that the white Luscombe, 5th from the right in the line-up of the G-reg Luscombe’s is the one I have a share in (built October 1946). Service Letter #2: Luscombe 8 series wing inspection procedure. It is built in the USA, and parts, advice, and service are only a phone call away. Maules are inexpensive and widely used but not nearly as good. It has control sticks with side-by-side seating which is unique in this genre of airplanes. Produced both pre and post-war. Fairly late in production, the brace wires were eliminated in the later ‘Silflex’ design. jQuery(document).ready( function($) { style.appendChild(document.createTextNode(err_style)); I can't recommend a Luscombe, because I think they look like the 140's retarded cousin.. try{ The Luscombe 50 (Model 8) was to become the company's most famous product. The "Master" was developed to provide an illusion that Luscombe was producing military-contract training aircraft and so should continue receiving shipments of … They have even put a small turboprop on a couple of them. Prototype had fabric wings, all production planes had metal wings. try { } catch(e){ 46 LUSCOMBE 8A-E CASH ONLY • $18,000 • FOR SALE BY OWNER • Cash, 0200, Project, X PNDR-FGP, 2-16Gal Tanks, 100 SMOH, Pants, Dual SS Ex, All Metal, Annual due. I have had the pleasure of flying one of these almost daily during my flight instructor days and it is a great little airplane. Some people hide them under the door, making the door removable for flight. Oh yeah, it will out run a Champ or Cub any day of the week. var head= document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; function(){ } else { index = -1; A taildragger; My t/w endorsement served to provide me a new appreciation as to why it is undesirable, especially for budget fliers. setTimeout('mce_preload_check();', 250); The Luscombe Aircraft Corporation was re-formed as a New Jersey company in 1937, and a new design was begun. setTimeout('mce_preload_check();', 250); 1 decade ago. Early planes had non-steerable tailwheels, but you see none of those today. mce_init_form(); head.appendChild(script); The theory is that Luscombe didn’t really know if these new-fangled flat engines were going to work out so gave themselves a back door towards fitting a radial engine. Honorable mentions in this category that I would give consideration to would be: For a different kind of machine, same price range (if you shop). Temco took over Luscombe and produced some 8Fs with wing flaps while also building the Swift before throwing in the towel. @mh, test flying on the original ‘50’ was done by a guy named Ig Sargent, and if you see photos of him standing next to a plane he was very tall. Three different fuel tank configurations were installed. Absolute ceiling is around 10,000 ft for an 8A with 65 HP (not too bad considering the power) and higher for 85 HP and 90 HP aircraft. this.value = ''; var bday = false; Instrument panel was a flat sheet of aluminum. The politics of the company are interesting and if you’re interested there are several books covering company history. Also flew Cessna 120 and 140 a little bit. A quick look around on the net, Barnstormers and so on, reveals that in the US at least Luscombe parts are all over the place. This is where things get fuzzy and if you find such a plane you can do your own assessment of how well is complies with the TC. I regularly fly a 65hp Luscombe in Southern New Mexico in 8,000′ density altitudes on the ramp. The holes in the fuselage are bigger for Silflex main gear so you can’t interchange on a given plane. } else { beforeSubmit: function(){

var input_id = '#mc_embed_signup'; this.reset(); 65hp Continental engine with 85hp cylinders. So if I was limited to the criteria above what would I buy? Aerobatics – At one point, an FAA pilot travelled to the Luscombe factory and flew aerobatics in Luscombes, publishing an FAA (CAA) letter afterward with recommended entry speeds for various aerobatic maneuvers (it was different world in 1947!) The Luscombe Model 8 was the result of the new Continental A-50, dual ignition, 50 hp, flat four engine of 171 Cu.in that became available in early 1937. The original main wheel landing gear used streamlined brace wires. 1946 Luscombe Silvaire 8A 1948 Luscombe … Is it even comparable to a Cub? Some LAA administered Luscombe 8A aircraft have been reconfigured to 8F … this.value = fields[1].value+'/'+fields[0].value+'/'+fields[2].value; script.src = 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.4/jquery.min.js'; try{ Don Luscombe got the first Model 8 going as part of a class project in one of his aviation trade schools and it went into production in 1938/39. Somewhere in the middle buys a pretty nice example. index = -1; 8C – A ‘deluxe’ variant. The Goodyear mechanical disk brakes are the worst, needing frequent adjustment and service. Over the decades since, some owners have used this as a guide but there have been several airframe issues, the plane is not really suitable, and the oldest airframes are now almost 80 years old. In 1955 the type certificate was sold to an organization in Colorado. The 1937-1938 Model 8a, of which 1,100 were built, and the 1940 Silvaire, of which production had reached 6,000 by 1961. Pre-war. I’ve only owned one but my (re) initiation into flying was in mine, and as a result I met other people with them, and pretty soon I was surrounded by them on all sides. For a long winged airplane, the Luscombe knows how to come down, when you want it to. Understandably, the airplane likes to float, but not much worse than a Cub and no where nearly as bad as a Taylorcraft. In case you’re interested, Cleveland brakes was founded when Van Sickle was bought out by a company in Cleveland Ohio. Circuit flying can be done mostly at one speed, 75 mph, slowing down on final. Subscribe to the iFlyBLOG Mailing List to get the latest blog posts and news to your E-Mail instantly! return; i++; that pic with 28 ladies could not be replicated today, due to dimensional changes over the decades. For simplicity, the aircraft was designed with a round firewall to minimize frontal area and simplify construction. All variants are on the same FAA TCDS A-694, meaning it’s relatively simple to convert any Luscombe variant to any other and most of the planes are a mixture to some degree or another. PMA airframe parts are available from Univair, engine, brake, instrument, tail wheel etc. The good news is that the Cleveland mechanical brakes will go for decades without any significant service. var head= document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; I’ve always lusted after a Luscombe 8E. Ruggedly built, cheap to maintain, fun to fly – what else is there. I’m obviously a Luscombe fan too! fields[i] = this; Parts supply – Parts come from a variety of sources. Then the all metal wing was introduced and it has almost no ribs at all, it’s almost hollow and uses mostly top hat stiffeners riveted to the skins instead of ribs. $('#mce-success-response').hide(); jqueryLoaded=true; It seems to me history… from when the planes were $1000 ramp rats owned by fearless kids, some of whom survived to tell the stories. Great write up! View 3. Believe it or not a German once flew a Luscombe across the Altlanic. //

It is designated Model 1 and was built circa 1933-1941. For 85 or 90 HP engines you need wing tanks. Beautiful aluminum wheel fairings are optional for any of the landing gear configurations. Parts are plentiful. Your email address will not be published. Aircraft Spruce supplies components for a wide variety of homebuilt aircraft and discount pilot supplies. Do you want Flaps? D windows were added behind the doors. Service Letter #5: Landing Gear. }); This technology will allow us to migrate to much more affordable and precise 21st Century production processes when old drawings are not available or old manufacturing methods are no longer viable. There you go exactly as already answered. $('#mc-embedded-subscribe-form').each(function(){ $('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(resp.msg); return mce_validator.form(); It’s a 1930s design. That being said the sweet spot for performance really would be a ragwing 8A with wing tanks and a non-electric C90 (hard-core Luscombe affectionados prefer rag wings and some even pre-war models). var options = { errorClass: 'mce_inline_error', errorElement: 'div', onkeyup: function(){}, onfocusout:function(){}, onblur:function(){} }; } else { $('#mc-embedded-subscribe-form').ajaxForm(options);

} The metal props are McCauley, originally round tipped but the square tipped current production propeller is allowable. About 2000 are flying today, including quite a few imported to UK by an individual in the 1980s. if ( fields[0].value=='MM' && fields[1].value=='DD' && (fields[2].value=='YYYY' || (bday && fields[2].value==1970) ) ){ msg = parts[1]; } I prefer them light so NO electrics for me, I don’t mind prop-starting airplanes and using a handheld for the traffic pattern. var jqueryLoaded=false; The Luscombe 8 was the first high volume light aircraft of predominantly aluminum construction. - View 4. }; f = $(input_id).parent().parent().get(0); Temco took over Luscombe and produced some 8Fs with wing flaps while also building the Swift before throwing in the towel. Pre-war. Wood Sensenich props are common. Pressed aluminum instrument panel in the form most commonly seen today on all Luscombes. function mce_success_cb(resp){ fields[2] = {'value':1970};//trick birthdays into having years } The choice between an 8A and C140 would take some thought. In 1955 the type certificate was sold to an organization in Colorado. } f = $().parent(input_id).get(0); similar Cessnas and plenty of control authority for almost any circumstance. msg = resp.msg; The mythical 90 hp 8A does not actually exist, unless you build one yourself, and if it exists, it is not as cheap. Post war planes have longer sticks, presumably to lighten the aileron feel. Oil Filters and F&M Adapter. Originally had a 50 HP Continental engine and combined that fully-cowled opposed engine with metal construction in the format later adopted for most light planes. Same engine as an 8C, very rarely seen today. At some point cranked arms were introduced to move the chains out of the way of the base of the rudder though its full range of motion. View 8. It is worth noting that the airplane was the very first commercially successful all-aluminum light aircraft, although aircraft like … A7: The Luscombe Phantom was the first model Luscombe produced after the Luscombe team left Monocoupe. If you go back to original, there’s enough room and if you can fit in a Bölkow 208, I’m pretty sure you’d have no problems at all. Some 8Fs were produced with flaps. Struts for these are impossible to find in good condition. Originally finished in polished alloy with red stripes. Luscombes are fantastic aircraft and a real pilot’s airplane with sportscar handling (including the rudders on landing which can catch those with lazy feet off guard). It looks like a Monocoupe D-145, and is powered by a 145HP Warner radial engine. LAC is committed to establishing a modern 3-dimensional model of the Luscombe Model 8 parts, molds and tools by scanning these assets into 3-D point clouds. var parts = resp.msg.split(' - ',2); In fact if the tank level is relatively low, it doesn’t supply enough flow for 65 HP and for that reason there is a placard with the fuselage tank requiring carb heat (i.e. On G-registration (in the UK) the aircraft are flown as a non-certified Permit-to- Fly type, which makes them popular. The Luscombe Silvaire was one of the most popular light planes, the all metal, two place Silvaire was widely used in the civilian pilot-training program sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Authority.There are many Silvaire's flying today. Unfortunately they don’t have the power to tow gliders, otherwise I’d probably have one. Marvel Carburator Mixture. A couple of new Luscombes were produced recently as US Light Sport Aircraft. } else if ( fields[0].value=='' && fields[1].value=='' && (fields[2].value=='' || (bday && fields[2].value==1970) ) ){ A few T8Fs were produced in an unsuccessful attempt to win a US Army contract. Tail surfaces come either round tipped (early) or square tipped (later) and can be mixed. Lv 4. f = $(input_id).parent().parent().get(0); as opposed to Cubs that are everywhere. try { So these little mechanical brakes were originally Van Sickles. The only issue is a 100 hr inspection of the magnesium wheels, mandated by AD. Did they sell mostly in the US? Here’s a Cleveland mechanical brake freshly overhauled for the first time after decades in service. Fuel consumption is between about 4.0 and 6.5 US GPH, depending on engine power. UC-90A One Model 8A adopted by the United States Army Air Forces during World War II (s/n 42-79549). $(':hidden', this).each( if (style.styleSheet) { } Here is a very early Luscombe and panel. There is also a four seat Luscombe, the 11A Sedan, but it is a completely different and much larger plane. } The drawings are still around, having been bought and sold several times and sometimes jealously guarded by their owners. Required fields are marked *, You may use these HTML tags and attributes:
. Have even taken it into Ruidoso and Timberon in the Summer. } catch(err) { if (/[day]/.test(fields[0].name)){ Disclaimer: This is a publicly accessible system. } Most American pilots know the Model 8 series, 8A through 8F, of which another 1,200 units were delivered. Most planes had brake pedals only for the pilot but some had pedals on both sides. The metal wing strut was changed from steel to aluminum and made into a single streamline ssection. info@luscombeair.com. If you're into flaps, a 120 doesn't have flaps. The little bullet-proof 4 cylinder continental will sip 4 gallons an hour on an average day so cost is minimal. 8E – Increased power with 85 HP Continental (same as Cessna 120/140) and added electrical system, starter and generator. The views and opinions of originators and contributors expressed on this site are their own. function mce_init_form(){ Here she is after a morning flight early last summer darting between the clouds. function(){
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}, European content is that the company was owned for a period by a then-recent Austrian immigrant to the US. $('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } else { var index = -1; Advertised on the aviation market place to list aircraft for sale aeroclassifieds.com. ', type: 'GET', dataType: 'json', contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8", if (mce_preload_checks>40) return; Luscombe officials report a full flap stall of only 44 mph or 38 knots. Firewall Shape – If you look at the Luscombe firewall, it’s pretty much round in shape. I thought I’d take a shot at describing the two seat Luscombe, maybe some people will be interested… Even if you fly something else for transport, the little Luscombe is really a fun plane for stick and rudder local fun and shorter cross countries.

Just so ya know, the 140's flaps aren't super effective, either. $('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); There are ‘basically’ three different types of wings, each with its own specific wing strut design… The original fabric covered wings have metal structure with built up hand-made ribs, and were discontinued in early 1946. options = { url: 'http://iflyblog.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe/post-json?u=a4810342cdf6f692fb8809ddc&id=3af55523af&c=? Ruggedly built, cheap to maintain, fun to fly – what else is there. The Luscombe 8F was certificated in 1948 and is basically a modified variant of the 8E with the Continental C90 engine and a different propeller. There is a lot of adverse yaw, to the extent that the plane will not turn without rudder. } else { A few early homebuilts, as well, used Luscombe wings and other components. All of the different ‘standard’ US tailwheels are used on the Luscombe. I have a C90-8F I was ready to install in my 8A but see no reason so I am putting that engine up for sale for some of those mentioned budget reasons. The today universal hydraulic Clevelands evolved later. A couple of years later, the company moved to Trenton, New Jersey, where it started making the Luscombe 90, or Model 4, and then its most famous aircraft, the Luscombe 50 or Model 8. The main issue with fitting large people today is that over the years people have fitted thicker and thicker seat cushions. Some of the info is collector level detail, other info is practical data that may be useful in owning and maintaining the plane. input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]+'-month'; Certification and Engineering Documentation – The L8 was FAA (actually US CAA) certified in a few months and was produced to rudimentary drawings, initially by a mixture of skilled people and student apprentices. Here is a standard 8A panel, this one ‘incorrectly’ painted red. Really cool plane. input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]; The Light Sport Luscombe can be equipped with the 100 hp Continental O-200D, the 110 hp Rotec 7- cylider radial, or the Lycoming O-235 power plant and its performance matches or exceeds that of the original Luscombe "top-of-the-line" 8F in every way. } var msg; Flying The Luscombe 8A What a great plane to fly around North Carolina. 2. It is a true classic so the ramp appeal is a thousand times better than most contemporary factory-built two-seaters. i = parseInt(parts[0]); 8A Silvaire Master 1941 (ATC 694) = 65hp Continental A-65-8. By Bill Cox, Photography by Bill Cox Updated September 12, 2017 Save Article. Wing tanks were available, initially 11 gallons per side for the fabric wing 8D, but almost all tanks produced were 12.5 gallons per side, starting with the metal wing 8E. Almost 6000 deliveries to customers followed. One point about the rear mounted fuselage fuel tank is that can’t be used with engines larger than 75 HP. Some individual planes have custom panels, mostly they aren’t attractive. The pilot considered that the long float prior to touchdown and his inexperience on this type, which is not equipped with flaps, were contributory factors.  

if (script.readyState && script.onload!==null){ if (fields.length == 2){ Many people like that the plane has stick controls, not a yoke like a Cessna. Goodyear Mechanical Brake and 6:00x6 highflange wheel. There are a couple in Germany too, one of which was flown to Africa and other distant places under prior Swiss registration (last I knew it was based at Jesenwang, near Munich). Model 8A Luscombe Master Model 8 with a higher power 65 hp (48 kW) Continental A-65 engine. $('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); $('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); Pete’s points are not good. 3301 Turner Road. In the air, Luscombes have more responsive handling than e.g.

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