|Role||Two-seat cabin monoplane|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Culver Aircraft Company|
|Number built||378 (V-1)|
The Culver Model V was a two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by the Culver Aircraft Company.
Design and development[edit | edit source]
Based on the pre-World War II Cadet and using the wartime experience with radio-controlled aircraft the company designed a two-seat cabin monoplane. The Model V had a low-set cantilever wing with the outer panels having a pronounced dihedral. It had a tricycle retractable landing gear and an enclosed cabin with side by side seating for two. It was unique in that it had a system called Simpli-Fly Control where the aircraft was automatically trimmed for takeoff, landing and cruise, by turning a small metal wheel between the two seats and lining up two arrows with the mode of flying the aircraft. Interconnecting controls then adjusted the trim according to the arrow settings. Simpli-Fly was not popular with pilots. Only a limited production run of 350 Model Vs was achieved before the company went bankrupt.
In 1956 the Superior Aircraft Company bought the assets of Culver and put the Model V back into production as the Superior Satellite. The main difference was the use of a 95 hp Continental engine which increased the cruise speed to 130 mph (209 km/h). Only a prototype and five production aircraft were built.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Initial production variant, 378 built (erroneous number, actual was closer to 90).
- Improved variant, 15 built (Juptner reported 1 V-2 was built).
- Superior Satellite
- 1956 variant with a 95hp Continental engine, six built.
- USN radio-controlled target version of the V-2
- The utility version of the TD4C, also converted to target drone as the UC-1K.
Specifications (V-1)[edit | edit source]
Data from 
- Crew: one (pilot)
- Capacity: one passenger
- Length: 20 ft 8½ in (6.31 m)
- Wingspan: 29 ft 0 in (8.84 m)
- Height: 6 ft 9½ in (2.07 m)
- Wing area: 125.9 ft2 (11.70 m2)
- Empty weight: 1070 lb (485 kg)
- Gross weight: 1600 lb (726 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental C85 4-cyl. air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 85 hp (63 kW)
- Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
- Range: 338 miles (544 km)
- Service ceiling: 13,200 ft (4025 m)
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "Culver Model V", August 1946, Popular Science bottom page 30
- Orbis 1985, page 1215
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
- Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.
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