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Classic Wings' Edgley Optica

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Edgley Optica

The Optica, designed by John Edgley and built by Brooklands Aerospace, had an unusual configuration with a fully glazed forward cabin seating three across, reminiscent of an Alouette helicopter. Behind it was situated a Lycoming flat-six engine powering a ducted fan, twin boom cantilever tailplane with twin rudders and a high-mounted single elevator. The fixed tricycle undercarriage had the nosewheel offset to the left. The wings were unswept and untapered, and the aircraft was of a fairly standard all-metal construction with stressed aluminium skin. The aircraft's distinctive appearance led to it being known as the "bug-eye" in some popular reports.

Crew: One pilot

Capacity: 2 passengers

Length: 8.15 m (26 ft 9 in)

Wingspan: 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)

Height: 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in)

Wing area: 15.8 m² (171 ft²)

Airfoil: NASA GA(W)-1

Empty weight: 948 kg (2,090 lb)

Useful load: 367 kg (810 lb)

Max. takeoff weight: 1,315 kg (2,900 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Textron Lycoming IO-540-V4A5D flat six piston engine,

194 kW (200 hp)

Propellers: five bladed ducted fan propeller, 1 per engine

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