American Gyro AG-4 Crusader
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||American Gyro Company|
|Designer||Thomas M. Shelton|
The American Gyro AG-4 Crusader is a small twin engine aircraft.
The aircraft was designed as the Shelton Flying Wing in 1933. After wind tunnel testes, the AG-4 was developed. The American Gyro AG-4 Crusader is a aluminum skined four place low-wing twin engine aircraft with fixed conventional landing gear, twin tail booms with individual rudders, and a teardrop shaped fuselage. The wing uses trailing edge flaps with 25 gallon fuel tanks are mounted on each wing root. Retractable landing gear were also tested on the model.
The protoype was painted copper colored with green leather seats. It was tested in 1935 at Denver Colorado. The aircraft was funded from stock issue in the Crusader Aircraft Corporation, a parent of the American Gyro Company. The company folded under securities fraud investigations before the Crusader could go into production
- American Gyro AG-4 Crusader
- American Gyro AG-6 Buccaner
- A six place variant design powered by Menasco engines
Specifications (AG-4 Crusader)
Data from AAHS Journal
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 3 passengers
- Length: 21 ft 7 in (6.58 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft (11 m)
- Height: 7 ft (2.1 m)
- Wing area: 206 sq ft (19.1 m2)
- Empty weight: 2,000 lb (907 kg)
- Gross weight: 3,000 lb (1,361 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 50 gal
- Powerplant: 2 × Menasco C4-S Inline four cylnder piston, 150 hp (110 kW) each
- Propellers: 2-bladed
- AAHS Journal: 42. Spring 2004.
- E Stanton Brown (August 1935). "The American Gyro Crusader". Popular Science.
- The Journal of Air Law , Volume 8. p. 71.
- Aerospace yearbook, Volume 18. Manufacturers Aircraft Association, Manufacturers Aircraft Association, Inc., New York, Aerospace Industries Association of America. p. 268.