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Spartan 7W Executive AX666 (YI-SOF)

 

The Spartan 7W Executive is a five-place all metal monoplane that features retractable landing gear and a luxurious interior. The Executive was designed to be fast and comfortable with extensive insulation to lower cabin noise levels. Executives were used for business and personal transportation, and set a new standard for speed and style. The overall level of technology and performance was comparable to the best fighter airplanes of the day, and this was reflected in a high cost – a factory-new Executive cost $23,500 in 1937. NC13993 is the second production aircraft of just 34 built, and is the only example with a control stick instead of a control wheel. It was used extensively for factory flight-testing. George Mennen used to spray aftershave into the exhaust when he flew, to help advertise his products.

Built by the Spartan Aircraft Company, Tulsa, OK. ATC # 628 granted on 2-15-37, expired 10-20-41.

Serial No 7W-19 was a $30,000 customized aircraft built in 1939 for King Ghazi of Iraq as “Eagle of Iraq” (registration YI-SOF). The aircraft went to the RAF as AX666 in 1940. The aircraft became a training aid in 1941.

 

Length

26 ft. 10 in.

Height

8 ft. 0 in.

Empty Weight

3,400 lbs.

Gross Weight

4,400 lbs.

Oil Capacity

7 gal.

Fuel Capacity

109 gal.

Wingspan

39 ft. 0 in.

Total Wing Area

250 sq. ft.

Cruising Range

900 miles

Cruising Speed

215 mph

Maximum Speed

257 mph

Service Ceiling

24,000 ft.

Serial Number

19

Price at Factory

$23,500.

Engine

450 hp., Pratt and Whitney R-985-AN3, 985 cubic inch, 9-cylinder radial

 

 Spartan 7W Executive in flight

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