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Old 08-05-2009, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Red Baron - '00 Ford F-350 XLT
90 day: 27.99 mpg (US)

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Looks like we would need something that looks like a stretch Vari-Eze - one of Rutan's early designs.

This kind of efficiency for a four-seater carry heavier than FAA-standard passengers screams for four-place tandem seating, and the minimum wings necessary to meet the takeoff requirements.

Needless to say, a diesel engine is needed for this kind of fuel efficiency.

The speed requirement is slower than a Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee 140.

The requirements give us an insight to the rigors of aircraft testing. Car guys are not that rigorous. Maybe we should be.
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