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Rearwin Sportster

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Rearwin Sportster 9000 displayed in the Drage Airworld museum at Wangaratta Victoria Australia in March 1988
Role Sporting/Touring monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rearwin Aircraft & Engines
First flight 1935
Number built 330+

The Rearwin Sportster is a 1930s American two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Rearwin Aircraft & Engines.

Design and development

The first variant, a Sportster 7000 first flew on 30 April 1935. It was a two-seat braced high-wing cabin monoplane powered by a LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine. The 7000 followed by a de luxe and more powerful engined versions, the 8500, 9000-L and 9000-KR. It had a standard tailskid landing gear but was available with floats or skis. In 1937 a new variant appeared the Sportster 9000-W powered by a 90hp (67kW) Warner Scarab radial engine.

A single Sportster 7000 was impressed into military service during World War II under the designation C-102A.


Sportster 7000
Initial production variant powered by either a 70hp (52kW) LeBlond 5DE or LeBlond 5E radial engine, 75 built.
Sportster 8500
Variant with a 85hp (63kW) LeBlond 5DF
Sportster 9000-L
Variant with a 90hp (67kW) LeBlond 5F
Sportster 9000-KR
Variant powered by a Ken-Royce engine,
Sportster 9000-W
Variant powered by a 90hp (67kW) Warner Scarab radial engine, eight built.

Specifications (8500)

Data from

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
  • Wing area: 166 ft² (15.42 m²)
  • Empty weight: 830 lb (376 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1410 lb (640 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × LeBlond 5DF radial engine, 85 hp (63 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
  • Range: 480 miles (772 km)
  • Service ceiling: 15,200 ft (4635 m)


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Published - July 2009

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