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Windecker E-5

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Windecker E-5"
A civilian Windecker Eagle
Type Airborne Command Post
Manufacturer Windecker Industries
Designed by Windecker Industries
Maiden flight 1973
Retired 1973
Status Retired
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 1
Developed from Windecker Eagle

The Windecker YE-5A was an experimental aircraft evaluated by the U.S. Air Force. It was an all-composite construction aircraft, based on the commercial single-engine, low-wing Windecker Eagle. The YE-5A, delivered in 1973, was used in tests relating to the radar detectability (commonly known as 'Stealth') of composite aircraft. The composite airframe was shown to be difficult to detect using radar; however, other components, including the metal engine, could be seen on radar. The aircraft was then transferred to the U.S. Army for use in further tests. A single YE-5A (serial number 73-1653) was built. It is preserved in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Specifications (YE-5A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 28 ft 8 in (8.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft (9.8 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.9 m)
  • Wing area: ft² (m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,150 lb (975 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 3,400 lb (1,500 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: lb (kg)
  • Powerplant:Lycoming 10-540-G , 290 hp (216 kW)


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See also

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