​NC980V (Lucky Lindy) Is a 1929 Brunner Winkle Bird

​NC980V (Lucky Lindy) Is a 1929 Brunner Winkle Bird, manufactured in Brooklyn, NY. It has a Kinner B-5 engine rated at 125 HP, which makes the airplane a Bird CK. The airplane was designed to carry 3 passengers, however, it is a 2 person plane. It cruises at 80 MPH and approaches at 40 MPH. As with any 88 year old lady, she wakes up slowly- usually in a 45 to 60 min pre-flight,  and takes a crew of 2 to 3 volunteers to coax her back to life.

 

Back in the 1930 this aircraft was used as a flight school training aircraft and a barnstormer, hopping rides up and down the east coast.

 

​NC980V (Lucky Lindy) Is a 1929 Brunner Winkle Bird

General characteristics

Performance

Crew:                                                           One

Capacity:                                                     One

Length:                                                        22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)

Wingspan:                                                  34 ft 00 in (10.36 m)

Height:                                                        8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)

Wing area:                                                  266 sq ft (24.7 m2)

Empty weight:                                            1,315 lb (596 kg)

Gross weight:                                             2,150 lb (975 kg)

Powerplant:                                               1 × Curtiss OX-5 V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 90 hp (67 kW)

Propellers:                            2-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propeller

Maximum speed:                                      105 mph (169 km/h, 91 kn)

Cruise speed:                                             88 mph (142 km/h, 76 kn)

Range:                                                         450 mi (720 km, 390 nmi)

Service ceiling:                                           3,800 ft (1,200 m)

Rate of climb:                                             520 ft/min (2.6 m/s)

 

 

 

 

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Group Photograph, Roosevelt Field (1934?) (Source: Rappaport Family)

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