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Arrow Sport

Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Sporting Biplane

United States | 1927

"The aerobatic Arrow Sport saw popularity in Depression-era America resulting in about 100 or so being built during the period."

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The Arrow "Sport" series from Arrow Aircraft and Motors of the United States was developed by Swedish aircraft designer Swen Swanson (1897-1935) as a sporting biplane. The design seated a pilot and passenger in a side-by-side, open-cockpit arrangement and utilized a conventional "over-under" cantilever plane arrangement - the upper members connected only at the forward fuselage with no other method of bracing used. The fuselage was well-streamlined to maximize aerodynamic efficiency while a "tail-dragger" configuration was used in ground-running actions.

First flown in 1926, the Arrow Sport proved popular during the Depression period in America though the lack of additional, visible support structures at the wings unnerved enough pilots that "N" shaped struts were eventually added to the design by the manufacturer - these serving no structural or load-bearing role.

The original model was aptly named "Sport" and carried a 60 horsepower LeBlond air-cooled radial piston engine driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose. The "Sport 85" followed with an 85 horsepower engine installation and had the lower wings revised with +4 degrees of dihedral. The "Sport A2" series encompassed several sub-variants including the A2-40, A2-60 (with 60hp LeBlond radial), A2-66, A2-90 "Tangerine", and the A2-100 (with 100hp Kinner C-5 engine).

The popular A2-60 had a running length of 19.2 feet, a wingspan of 25.9 feet, and a height of 7.4 feet. Empty weight was 900 lb against a gross weight of 1,345lb. The LeBlond 5D radial engine (outputting 60 horsepower) drove the aircraft to speeds of 100 miles-per-hour while cruising was typically done at 85 mph or less. The aircraft had a rated stall speed of just 30 mph. Range was out to 200 miles on internal fuel stores and its service ceiling reached 14,000 feet.

The "Sport Pursuit" (also "Sport K") appeared in 1935 and carried the 100 horsepower Kinner-branded K-5 radial engine. The "Sport V-8" (also the "Model F") appeared in monoplane form now fitted with a Ford V8 automobile engine of 82 horsepower. An offshoot of this offering was the "Sport M" which switched to the Menasco C-4 "Pirate" engine of 125 horsepower.

Beyond their inherent sporting capabilities, the Arrow Sport line also excelled in the flight trainer for some. The series proved a modest success for the period as production ended around 100 or so examples before the end. Manufacture peaked in 1931 and dwindled as the decade wore on - eventually just a few ended in preservation.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the A2-60 Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Sporting Biplane.
1 x LeBlond 5D air-cooled radial piston engine developing 60 horsepower driving two-bladed propeller at the nose.
99 mph
160 kph | 86 kts
Max Speed
85 mph
137 kph | 74 kts
Cruise Speed
14,108 ft
4,300 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
199 miles
320 km | 173 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the A2-60 Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Sporting Biplane.
19.3 ft
5.87 m
O/A Length
25.8 ft
(7.87 m)
O/A Width
7.4 ft
(2.26 m)
O/A Height
904 lb
(410 kg)
Empty Weight
1,345 lb
(610 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Notable series variants as part of the Arrow Sport family line.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Arrow Sport. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): Arrow Aircraft and Motors - USA
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