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Piel Zephir

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Top speed  310 km/h
Length  5.3 m
Wingspan  6 m
Designer  Claude Piel
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The Piel CP.80 Zephir and Piel CP.801 are racing aircraft developed in France in the 1970s and marketed for homebuilding. They are compact, single-seat, single-engine monoplanes with low, cantilever wings. The pilots sit in fully enclosed cockpits and the tailwheel undercarriages are fixed. Although designed to be built of wood, the first CP.80 to fly (registered F-PTXL and named Zef) was built from composite materials by Pierre Calvel and beat even the designer's own CP.80 into the air. Calvel's CP-80 was entered in the French Formula One air races in 1976, but failed to qualify.



Piel CP.80
Single seat racer, typically powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Continental O-200 for Formula One Air Racing.
Piel CP.801


Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1977–78, p.496

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 5.30 m (17 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.0 m (19 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 6.2 m2 (67 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 260 kg (570 lb)
  • Gross weight: 380 kg (840 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental C90-8F, 67 kW (90 hp)
  • Performance

  • Maximum speed: 310 km/h (190 mph)
  • Range: 450 km (280 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,700 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 12.0 m/s (2,360 ft/min)
  • References

    Piel Zephir Wikipedia