Smith Termite

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Smith Special "Termite"
RoleSingle-seat Homebuilt aircraft
National originUnited States
ManufacturerTermite Aircraft
DesignerWilbur L. Smith
First flightFeb 10 1957
Unit cost
approximately $1150 to build in 1971[1]
 
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Smith Special "Termite"
RoleSingle-seat Homebuilt aircraft
National originUnited States
ManufacturerTermite Aircraft
DesignerWilbur L. Smith
First flightFeb 10 1957
Unit cost
approximately $1150 to build in 1971[1]

The Smith Special also known as "Smitty's Termite" or simply the Smith Termite is a single place homebuilt aircraft built primarily out of wood.[2]

Design and development[edit]

Wilbur L. Smith, was an experienced wooden construction aircraft homebuilder, having built a Pietenpol Sky Scout in 1930.[3] He designed the Termite using chalk on a basement floor. Don Cookman later drew up the plans.

The aircraft is a braced parasol wing monoplane with all-wood construction. The exception being the motor mount, struts and landing gear are made out of steel. It was designed to use an engine from an Aeronca aircraft. Spruce was used as the structural material with birch plywood covering. The spars are from an Aeronca K. The controls are modified from a Piper Cub. The aircraft does not have brakes or a tailwheel.[4]

Operational history[edit]

A Continental A-40 was installed after an engine failure resulted in a forced landing, flipping the aircraft on its back during testing.[4]

Aircraft on display[edit]

The Smith Special "Termite" is displayed at the Oregon Air & Space Museum in Eugene, Oregon. The fabric covering has been removed to show the all wood construction.[5]

Specifications (Smith Special "Termite")[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. ^ Air Progress Sport Aircraft: 74. Winter 1969. 
  3. ^ Sport Aviation. February 1960. 
  4. ^ a b "Smitty's "Termite"". Sport Aviation. January 1958. 
  5. ^ "Oregon Air & Space Museum". Retrieved April 13, 2011.