|Rearwin Sportster 9000 displayed in the Drage Airworld museum at Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia in March 1988|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Rearwin Aircraft & Engines|
Design and development[edit | edit source]
The first variant, a Sportster 7000 first flew on 30 April 1935. It was a two-seat braced high-wing cabin monoplane powered by a LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine. The 7000 followed by a de luxe and more powerful engined versions, the 8500, 9000-L and 9000-KR. It had a standard tailskid landing gear but was available with floats or skis. In 1937 a new variant appeared the Sportster 9000-W powered by a 90 hp (67 kW) Warner Scarab Jr radial engine. Two Sportster 9000s were impressed into military service during World War II under the designation UC-102.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Rearwin Sportster 7000
- Initial production variant powered by either a 70hp (52kW) LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine, 75 built.
- Rearwin Sportster 8500
- Variant with a 85hp (63kW) LeBlond 5DF
- Rearwin Sportster 9000-L
- Variant with a 90hp (67kW) LeBlond 5F
- Rearwin Sportster 9000-KR
- Variant powered by a Ken-Royce engine,
- Rearwin Sportster 9000-W
- Variant powered by a 90hp (67kW) Warner Scarab Jr radial engine, eight built.
- Götaverken GV 38
- A licence-built version from Sweden, built by AB Götaverken.
Operators[edit | edit source]
Military operators[edit | edit source]
Specifications (8500)[edit | edit source]
Data from 
- Crew: 2
- Length: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
- Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
- Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
- Wing area: 166 ft2 (15.42 m2)
- Empty weight: 830 lb (376 kg)
- Gross weight: 1410 lb (640 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × LeBlond 5DF radial engine, 85 hp (63 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
- Range: 480 miles (772 km)
- Service ceiling: 15,200 ft (4635 m)
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Johnson, E.R. (2013). American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 167. ISBN 978-0786462698.
- Orbis 1985, page 2792
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- 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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