The Commonwealth Skyranger, earlier produced as the Rearwin Skyranger, was the last design of Rearwin Aircraft. It was popular due to its easy and stable flight characteristcs.
Initial design and construction
The Skyranger was originally produced in 1940 and was furnished with a variety of opposed engines made by Continental Motors and the Franklin Engine Company. Seating two people side-by-side, it featured a fabric-covered steel tube fuselage and wooden wing and it sold for about $3000. It had a conventional landing gear, with a tailwheel.
Postwar construction by Commonwealth Aircraft
In 1942 the Rearwin Airplane Company was purchased by Commonwealth Aircraft of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1946 Commonwealth re-established the construction of the Skyranger at their Valley Stream plant for just one year. It had many minor modifications but was essentially the same aircraft. As the anticipated post-war boom in civil aviation never occurred, Commonwealth went bankrupt in 1947. 275 Skyrangers were built by Commonwealth.
Serial numbers in the 1500s were built by Rearwin. Serial numbers in the 1600s are Commonwealth 185 Skyrangers.
Published in July 2009.
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