|Smith Special "Termite"|
|Smith Termite in the Oregon Air and Space Museum|
|Role||Single-seat Homebuilt aircraft|
|National origin||United States|
|Designer||Wilbur L. Smith|
|First flight||Feb 10 1957|
approximately $1150 to build in 1971
Design and developmentEdit
Wilbur L. Smith, was an experienced wooden construction aircraft homebuilder, having built a Pietenpol Sky Scout in 1930. He designed the Termite using chalk on a basement floor. Don Cookman later drew up the plans.
The aircraft is a braced parasol wing monoplane with all-wood construction. The exception being the motor mount, struts and landing gear are made out of steel. It was designed to use an engine from an Aeronca aircraft. Spruce was used as the structural material with birch plywood covering. The spars are from an Aeronca K. The controls are modified from a Piper Cub. The aircraft does not have brakes or a tailwheel.
Aircraft on displayEdit
Specifications (Smith Special "Termite")Edit
Data from Sport Aviation
- Capacity: 1
- Length: 16 ft 5 in (5.00 m)
- Wingspan: 23 ft (7.0 m)
- Airfoil: Clark Y
- Empty weight: 394 lb (179 kg)
- Gross weight: 628 lb (285 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Aeronca E113-C , 36 hp (27 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed
- Maximum speed: 81 kn (93 mph, 150 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 70 kn (80 mph, 130 km/h)
- Stall speed: 28 kn (32 mph, 51 km/h)
- Range: 170 nmi (200 mi, 320 km)
- Service ceiling: 8,000 ft (2,400 m)
- Rate of climb: 450 ft/min (2.3 m/s)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Leo J. Kohn (Winter 1971). "The true cost of building your own plane". Air Trails: 63.
- Air Progress Sport Aircraft: 74. Winter 1969. Missing or empty
- Sport Aviation. February 1960. Missing or empty
- "Smitty's "Termite"". Sport Aviation. January 1958.
- "Oregon Air & Space Museum". Retrieved April 13, 2011.