Wednesday 10 June 2020

RK Jungster 1s (Only One) of New Zealand

The next new type of sport aircraft to be registered here in 2017 was an American import, being a RK Jungster 1:

The RK Jungster 1 was designed in the late 1950s/early 1960s by Rim Kaminskas (hence the RK) and the prototype first flew in 1962.  The aircraft is a homebuilt 80% version of the Bucker Bu 133 Jungmiester which was an advanced training aircraft with the Luftwaffe in the 1930s.  Construction is all wood with fabric covering and engines can be between 85 and 150HP.  It is described as a "frisky aerobatic plane".

It is a small aircraft with a length of 16 feet (4.88 metres), a wingspan of 16 feet 8 inches (5.08 metres) and a small wing area for a biplane of 80 square feet.  Its empty weight is quoted as around 606 pounds (275 Kg) and the MAUW is 1,000 pounds (454 Kg) with a reduction to 850 pounds for aerobatics.  With a Lycoming O-235 C 1A engine which is quoted at 100 HP (less than most other versions on the O-235), the cruise speed is around 120 mph (104 knots) and the stall speed is around 50 mph (43 knots).

We have had only one RK Jungster 1 in New Zealand:

Our example of the RK Jungster is N701D (c/n DRP1) which was built by ex WW 2 pilot Dottie Patrick (who flew for the Ohio Wing of the Civil Air Patrol), in the late 1960s and who raced the aircraft in the National Air Races around that time.  By 1998 it was registered to Francis E Holsclaw of Santa Barabara, CA.  Its American registration was cancelled on 7/8/13 however it was imported to New Zealand by Andrew Fairfax much earlier than that.  The above photo of it was taken at Taieri on 7/8/02.

It was registered as ZK-DDA2 to DM Eller of Queenstown on 22/8/17 but I am not sure if has yet flown here - can anyone supply a photo of it as ZK-DDA2?

And for interest here is a photo of Dottie Patrick with N701D back in the day:

1 comment:

  1. It is still under rebuild in Dom's garage. I saw it the other day, it is looking really nice!