Nesmith Cougar

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Cougar
RoleRecreational aircraft
ManufacturerHomebuilt
DesignerBob Nesmith
First flight1957
Introduction1957
Unit cost
approximately $2750 to build in 1971[1]
VariantsEaves Cougar 1
 
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Cougar
RoleRecreational aircraft
ManufacturerHomebuilt
DesignerBob Nesmith
First flight1957
Introduction1957
Unit cost
approximately $2750 to build in 1971[1]
VariantsEaves Cougar 1

The Nesmith Cougar is a light aircraft that was developed in the United States in the 1950s and marketed for homebuilding.[2]

Development[edit]

The design, by Robert Nesmith, is a conventional high-wing, strut-braced monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The pilot and a single passenger were seated side-by-side. The fuselage and empennage were of welded steel-tube construction, while the wings were of wood, and the whole aircraft was fabric-covered.

The original Cougar design was marketed by Nesmith himself. His intent was to market a low-cost aircraft for homebuilders. He also used the aircraft as a troubled youth project to encourage teens to work together toward a goal.[3] When a modified Cougar won an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) design competition in 1963, that organization took over selling plans. Rights to the design were eventually purchased by Acro Sport.

The aircraft shape was influenced by the Beechcraft Staggerwing and Wittman Tailwind. The name came from the college of Nesmith's daughter, the University of Houston, whose athletic mascot is a cougar. [4]

Variants[edit]

Nesmith Cougar
The original design for home building
Nesmith Cougar Comet
Cougar modified with a 125hp Lycoming O-290D.
Nesmith Chigger & Landoll's Skydoll[5]
One example was built with folding wings and Culver Cadet landing gear, called the "Chigger". Another example built with folding wings with automatic control latching. Both aircraft are capable of being towed backward behind a car.[6]

Specifications (typical)[edit]

Data from Sport Aviation

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leo J. Kohn (Winter 1971). "The true cost of building your own plane". Air Trails: 63. 
  2. ^ "All these planes you ccan build from plans". Popular Science: 99. June 1970. 
  3. ^ Micheal Nesmith (March 1957). Experimenter. 
  4. ^ Micheal Nesmith (March 1957). Experimenter. 
  5. ^ Air Progress: 7. Winter 1969. 
  6. ^ Sport Aviation. December 1958.