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Flying with 40 Horses

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By: Chet Peek

Flying with 40 Horses

The Continental A-40 Engine was the answer to the continuing problem of finding suitable and inexpensive powerplants for lightplane manufacture during the Golden Age of Aviation.

The Aeronca E-113 of 36-hp was close, but the next generation, the Continental A-40 filled the bill. It was light, could power a 2-place airplane, and cost less than $500.

Flying with 40 Horses

Born during the Great Depression, this A-40 engine pioneered the growth of America's private aircraft industry. In 1931 it generated 38-horsepower, later upgraded to 40-hp with a new forged crankshaft.

The success of the A-40 and A-50 would lead Continental to produce the A-65 through the 0-200, which powered most lightplanes until the 1980s.

Book details the many planes that it flew. Aircraft included in book: Taylor E-2 Cub, Alexander Flyabout, Heath Parasol LNA-40, Heath Center Wing CNA-40, Rose Parrakeet, Taylor J-2 Cub, Taylorcraft A, Porterfield Zephyr, Welch OW-7, Aeronca KC, Piper J-3 Cub and Ross RS-1.

Flying with 40 Horses: 135 pgs, softbound, 8.5 x 11, 175 photos.

Flying with 40 Horses

ISBN Number: 1-886196-04-4

Item Number: 173

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