|Primary users||Royal Cambodian Air Force|
South Vietnamese Air Force
The Fletcher FD-25 Defender was a light ground-attack aircraft developed in the United States in the early 1950s.
Design and development[edit | edit source]
The Defender was a conventional low-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. Provision was made for two machine guns in the wings, plus disposable stores carried on underwing pylons. Construction throughout was all-metal, and the pilot sat under a wide perspex canopy.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
Three prototypes were built, two single-seaters and a two-seater, but no orders were placed by the US military. In Japan, however, Toyo acquired the rights to the design, and built around a dozen aircraft, selling seven (three single-seater attack versions and three two seat trainer) to Cambodia, and four to Vietnam. One example remains extant and in an airworthy condition today, and appeared at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow in 2010.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
- Crew: One pilot
- Length: 20 ft 11 in (6.38 m)
- Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
- Height: 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
- Wing area: 150 ft2 (13.9 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,421 lb (645 kg)
- Gross weight: 2,696 lb (1,223 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental E-225-8, 225 hp (167 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 190 mph (300 km/h)
- Range: 834 miles (1,335 km)
- Service ceiling: 16,400 ft (5,000 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,720 ft/min (8.8 m/s)
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Grandolini 1988, p.39.
- Grandolini, Albert. "L'Aviation Royale Khmere: The first 15 years of Cambodian military aviation". Bromley, UK: Fine Scroll. pp. pp. 39–47. ISSN 0143-5450.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 393.
- World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 894 Sheet 25.
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