Alexander Bullet

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Alexander Bullet
Alexander C-4 Bullet (4589591439).jpg
Role Cabin monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Alexander Aircraft Company
Designer Albert Mooney
First flight February 1929
Introduction 1929
Number built 11
Unit cost
C1 $8,888 C3 $6,666 in 1929

The Alexander Bullet or Alexander Eaglerock Bullet was a low wing cabin monoplane that was a departure from traditional biplane aircraft of the era.

Design and development[edit]

The Bullet was built at the beginning of the Great Depression. Company owner J Don Alexander said he was inspired by ducks tucking in their legs to build a retractable landing gear-equipped aircraft.[1] The aircraft experienced stability problems in spin testing, killing two pilots.[2] Few orders were delivered.[3]

The Bullet was a low wing, cabin aircraft with retractable conventional landing gear.[4] The fuselage was constructed with welded steel tubing and the wings were constructed with wooden spars and ribs, both with aircraft fabric covering.[5]

Operational history[edit]

An Alexander Bullet competed in the 1929 National Air Races.[6] Female pilot Jessie "Chubbie" Keith-Miller won two transcontinental air races piloting an Alexander Bullet.[7]

Variants[edit]

C1 Bullet
Powered by a Wright J-6 Whirlwind
C3 Bullet
Powered by a Kinner K-5
C7 Bullet
Aerodynamically improved - ATC#318 issued on 6 May 1930.[8]

Specifications (C3 Bullet)[edit]

Data from Flying Magazine

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
  • Fuel capacity: 40 U.S. gallons (150 L; 33 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Kinner K-5 radial engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 113 kn; 209 km/h (130 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denver Posse. The Denver Westerners brand book. p. 246. 
  2. ^ Terry Gwynn-Jones. The air racers: aviation's golden era, 1909-1936. p. 185. 
  3. ^ Donald M. Pattillo. A History in the Making: 80 Turbulent Years in the American General Aviation Industry. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "none". Flying Magazine: 108. August 1985. 
  5. ^ "none". Aeronautics: 28. September 1929. 
  6. ^ Joseph P. Juptner. U.S. Civil Aircraft Series, Volume 8. p. 64. 
  7. ^ Colin Evans. A Question of Evidence: The Casebook of Great Forensic Controversies. p. 62. 
  8. ^ Joseph P. Juptner. U.S. civil aircraft, Volume 4. p. 65. 

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