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VJ-22 Sportsman
Role Homebuilt amphibian
National origin United States of America
Designed by Volmer Jenson
First flight 22 December 1958

The Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman is an American homebuilt amphibious aircraft. The Sportsman is a two-seat high-winged monoplane of wood and fabric construction, with over 100 built by 1993.

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Development and design

In 1957, Volmer Jenson, a successful designer of sailplanes, designed a two seat amphibious aircraft, the VJ-22,[1] The new aircraft, at first called the Chubasco, made its first flight on 22 December 1958.[2] The VJ-22 is a high-wnged monoplane, using the wings from an Aeronca Champion or Chief, with a new flying boat hull of mahogany plywood, waterproofed with fiberglass cloth. The aircraft's single engine, normally a pusher of between 85 hp (63 kW) and 100 hp (75 kW), is mounted on pylons above the wing centre section. A retracable tailwheel undercarriage is provided. The pilot and passenger sit side-by-side under an enclosed canopy, and are provided with dual controls.[1][2]

Operational history

While Jenson attempted unsuccessfully to get the Sportsman built commercially, plans of the VJ-22 were made available to amateur builders,[2] with 889 plans sold and over 100 completed by 1993.[3]

Specifications (85 hp engine)

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1993-94[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
  • Wing area: 175.0 sq ft (16.26 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,000 lb (454 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 20 US Gallons (76 L)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental C85 air-cooled flat-four, 90 hp (67 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 95 mph (153 km/h; 83 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 85 mph (74 kn; 137 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (39 kn; 72 km/h)
  • Range: 300 mi (261 nmi; 483 km) (max fuel, no reserves)
  • Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (3,962 m)
  • Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)

Notes

  1. ^ a b McCarrel, Bill. "The Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman". The Seaplane Pilots Association. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Taylor 1976, p.541.
  3. ^ a b Lambert 1993, p.583.

References

  • Lambert, Mark. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1993-94. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Data Division, 1993. ISBN 0 7106 1066 1.
  • Taylor John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1976-77. London:Macdonald and Jane's, 1976. ISBN 0 354 00538 3.
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