Maule M-5

 

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The Maule M-5 is an American four-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by the Maule Aircraft Company.

 

Design and Development

The M-5 was a development of the earlier Maule M-4 with improved STOL performance. It has a 30% increase in flap area and enlarged tail surfaces.

Two prototype M-5s flew in 1971, one powered by a 210-hp (157kW) engine, the other with a 220-hp (164kW) engine.

The M-5 is a steel-tube and fabric, high-wing, strut-braced monoplane with a cantilever tailplane with a single fin and rudder. It has a fixed-tailwheel landing gear and an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. The aircraft entered production in 1974 and was named the Strata Rocket and the Lunar Rocket. A generally similar M-6 Super Rocket was also developed with a 3-foot-longer (0.91 m) wingspan and more fuel capacity, smaller ailerons and larger flaps.

 

Specifications

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

 

General Characteristics

Crew: 1

Capacity: 3

Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)

Wingspan: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)

Height: 6 ft 2½ in (1.89 m)

Wing area: 157.90 ft2 (14.67 m2)

Empty weight: 1400 lb (635 kg)

Gross weight: 2300 lb (1043 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-540-J1A5D flat-six piston engine, 235 hp (175 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 172 mph (277 km/h)

Range: 550 miles (885 km)

Service ceiling: 20000 ft (6096 m)

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