A Classic Great Lakes Biplane
We are delighted to have this Great Lakes classic ‘in stock’ at our Dunkeswell facility.
Built to high standards in 2010 this permit aircraft includes the installation of a 1930’s WARNER SCARAB 165 Radial Engine overhauled by Vintec under 100 hours ago. This classic engine sounds superb and swings a beautiful Sensenich Wooden Prop.
The cockpit is comfortable and has been well appointed, including the installation of a Spitfire fuel primer, Flight Systems FC-10 Engine monitor and Funkwerk ATR 500 Com.
A one off opportunity to acquire a stunning classic aircraft. To express an interest in this aircraft please call us on 07808 788996
The original Great Lakes Model 2T-I Sport Trainer was built by the Great Lakes Aircraft Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1929. Between 1929 and 1932, the company built more than 200 of them, and they quickly became a great favourite of aerobatic pilots. The designer, Charles W. Meyers, raced a customised Great Lakes with considerable success during the early 1930s, and the legendary Tex Rankin flew one in airshows throughout the country before World War II setting records for both inside and outside loops. After the war, enthusiasm for the airplane continued and many airframes were converted to accept larger engines, particularly Warner radials. During the past several years, factory blueprints of the design have been available to homebuilders from the resurrected Great Lakes Aircraft Co., also of Cleveland, and several are under construction utilising various modern engines.
In 1972, the design rights were sold to the Great Lakes Aircraft Co. of Wichita, Kansas, and Enid, Oklahoma. In 1973, the Model 2T-IA-1 was certified with a 140-hp Lycoming, and the Model 2T-IA-2 (with a 180-hp Lycoming) was produced for the first time in 1974. In 1980, after more than 50 years, the legendary Great Lakes biplane found a new home in Eastman, Georgia.R. Dean Franklin, a Great Lakes pilot, set up a modern production facility after acquiring production rights, type certificates, and other assets of the Great Lakes Aircraft Co. The Great Lakes is the oldest certificated airplane still in production, and its manufacture closely follows the basic specifications of the original design.