American Electric Piranha
The American Electric Piranha (also named Blair-American USA or American USA) was a prototype American counter-insurgency aircraft. Designed by Milt Blair and Dick Ennis in the early 1960s, it was built by the American Electric Corporation.
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||American Electric Corporation|
|Developed from||LeVier Cosmic Wind|
Developed for use by the United States Air Force under Project Little Brother, initial flight testing of the Piranha took place at Mojave Airport in California; following delivery for evaluation, it was tested at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The design armament of the Piranha was two pods each carrying four Zuni unguided rockets, mounted on the aircraft's wingtips, and a single 500-pound (230 kg) bomb on a belly hardpoint.
Data from Sport Aviation
- Crew: one
- Wing area: 70 sq ft (6.5 m2)
- Gross weight: 3,200 lb (1,451 kg)
- Hardpoints: 1 with a capacity of 500 pounds (230 kg),
- Rockets: 2 4-round 5.0-inch (127 mm) Zuni rocket pods
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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- "FAA Registry - Aircraft - N-Number Inquiry". Registry.faa.gov. 2004-01-20. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
- Sport Aviation. Oshkosh, WI: Experimental Aircraft Association. July 1976, page 40.
- "Orphan jet: one unique aircraft coming to Airfest". September 2012. Great Bend, Kansas: Great Bend Tribune. Accessed 2013-04-06.
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