Monnett Monex

The Monnett Monex is a single seat, all-aluminium, Volkswagen powered, homebuilt racer.

Monnett Monex
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The EAA Museum's Monnet Monex
Role Homebuilt Aircraft
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer Monnett Experimental Aircraft
Designer John Monnett
First flight September 30, 1980[1]
Retired 1985
Status On display
Number built 1
Variants Sonex Aircraft Sonex

Design and developmentEdit

The Monex shares the same aluminium construction and basic fuselage shape as the Monnett Moni and the later Sonex Aircraft Sonex series of aircraft.[2]

Operational historyEdit

  • 1982 - Lowers-Baker-Falk 500 Race - 3rd place (efficiency), 5th place (speed)[3]
  • 1982 - World Speed Record FAI's Class C-1a/0 185.12 mph (297,86 km/h) over 100 km
  • 1982 - World Speed Record FAI's Class C-1a/0 182.308 mph (298,16 km/h) over 500 km


Specifications (Monnett Monex)Edit

Data from EAA

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 1
  • Length: 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)
  • Wingspan: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
  • Wing area: 46 sq ft (4.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 380 lb (172 kg)
  • Gross weight: 650 lb (295 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 10 U.S. gallons (38 L; 8.3 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Volkswagen 2180cc four cylinder air-cooled engine, 60 hp (45 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 190 kn (220 mph, 350 km/h)
  • Range: 350 nmi (400 mi, 640 km)
  • g limits: +6 -4
  • Rate of climb: 2,000 ft/min (10 m/s)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Monnett Monex". Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  2. ^ "21 Exciting new planes". Popular Mechanics. January 1981.
  3. ^ "Monnett Monex". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 Feb 2011.