Spartan Cruiser (Saro-Percival A-24 Mailplane)
1932
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Spartan Cruiser (Saro-Percival A-24 Mailplane)

This wooden-framed, low-wing tri-motor was originally designed in collaboration by Saro and Percival as the A-24 Mailplane in 1931. The consortium lost interest in the venture as pure mail contracts dissipated, but the design was offered to Spartan Aircraft UK on the Isle of Wight, which marketed the type as a passenger aircraft. Orders for modest numbers were received, the first from Yugoslavia's Aeroput. Other examples went to Iraq, Egypt and India. Some later versions were built for Spartan Airlines, which was subsumed into British Airways and three were impressed into World War II RAF service.

Robert Jackson "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2004


Specification 
 MODELCruiser I
 CREW2
 PASSENGERS6-10
 ENGINE3 x 130hp de Havilland Gipsy Major III piston engines
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2812 kg6199 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan16.40 m54 ft 10 in
    Length12.00 m39 ft 4 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed214 km/h133 mph
    Ceiling4575 m15000 ft
    Range514 km319 miles

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