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Luscombe 8A N71828

All metal Silveraire



I don't have a photo of Rey's Luscombe 8A so this will have to do. He sold his Aeronca Chief and bought this on on September 19, 1949.
Rey traded in his trusty Aeronca for a Luscombe. I'm not sure of the reason, but maybe the airplanes qualities had something to do with it.

Rey flew Luscombe Silveraire until May 30, 1952. He had accumulated 319 hours of flight time.
He took many flights to service radios and Michigan Conservation Department (Now called Michigan Department of Natural Resources.) duties. 
Rey was a Conservation Officer and Chief of Communications for the Conservation Department.

His log says he attached skies to the Luscombe 8A for winter time flying.

This isn't Dad's plane, just one like it.



Min speed: 37 kt 43 mph 69 kmh
Cruise speed: 91 kt 105 mph 169 kmh
Vne: 122 kt 140 mph 225 kmh

Here is a post on Airport-data.com

Author Message Doug Robertson


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The name Silvaire (correct spelling) by Luscombe was first used for the Luscombe 8C model in 1940. An 8A was modified by Luscombe to become the prototype 8C Silvaire with a Continental C75 75 horsepower engine with fuel injection and dual ignition. Both exterior and interior changes were made. The 8C instrument panel had a shock-mounted section accented by chrome. The interior included maroon cloth and tan leather. An external maroon color stripe on the sides with stylized S on the cowl and maroon leading edge of the wings were added. The cowl was changed and Luscombe-designed wheel pants were now standard.

The first public use of the Silvaire name was in a color ad in the May 1940 AERO DIGEST, introducing and featuring the new Luscombe 8C Silvaire. Post-war built 8As starting in 1945 were also called by then Silvaires as the external color scheme was standardized across models. Additional primary colors were introduced post-war in the same scheme.

Don Luscombe was a pioneer in introducing light aircraft production all-metal duraluminum monocoque construction fuselages to aviation with the Phantom model of 1934, the year that the Luscombe Aircraft Development Corporation was founded. Use of "Silvaire" later as the 8C through 8F model name was a natural as all Luscombes were completed in shiny aluminum with minimum color enhancements. All the Luscombe 8 series, the 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E and 8F were built under the same ATC #694.

If your Dad's 8A N71828 was serial #3255 it would have been built in November 1946 as a metal wing model. Total 8A production in November 1946 was 186 aircraft, think of that! (November 1946 production also included 65 Model 8Es with metal wings)! There were also earlier 8As built with T-section wings and with stamped rib wings.

Thanks, Doug

Climb ratio: 550 ft/min | 3 m/s

Take off distance over 50ft (15m) obstacle: 1950 ft | 594 m
Landing distance over 50ft (15m) obstacle: 1540 ft | 469 m

Max. take off weight: 572 kg | 1260 lbs
Empty weight: 340 kg | 750 lbs

Engine: Continental A-65 (65hp)
Fuel consumption: 4.2 gph

Not much is known about this airplane. The tail number N71828 was registered to an MacDonald Douglas MD80 airliner. It has been scrapped.

Rey sold the Luscombe on May 30, 1952


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