Piper PAT-1 experimental prototype

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While browsing through a book on aviation design (The Design Of The Aeroplane, BSP Professional Books 1993) I stumbled upon this Piper prototype which I had never heard about. It is called the PAT-1 and though typical of Piper's single-engined general aircraft such as the Cherokee or Archer, it features what is almost a second wing at the front, making it a sesquiplane of sorts.

Does anyone have any additional information on this rare bird?
 

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The info posted by Bailey already sums up much of this aircraft. It was first flown in July 1981, but sadly lost in a fatal crash a couple of months later. Costructon was largely composite and some details: wingspan 25.25ft, length 23.396ft and height 9.167ft. Nicknamed Pugmobile.
No relationship with the Piper company, except that Howard (Pug) was son of William T.
 

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Sadly one more failed effort to get us flying on something better than the 50 year-old 172... :'(
 

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Never took time to thank you, Bailey, for solving the mystery... Thanks!
Further investigation reveals that the Piper PAT-1 (Piper Advanced Technology) which was meant to be the first all-composite canard commercially produced. Unfortunately, the main push behind it, Howard Piper, died just before the maiden flight in June 1981. Then the only prototype crashed in a demonstration flight in Nov 1981 when the engine separated from the fuselage following a blade separation. 3 people aboard were killed, including designer George Meade & 2 NASA employees. That was the beginning and the end of this forgotten bird.

Main source: RCuniverse.com

I'm enclosing a view of a nice peanut-scale model that was done, and the plan that was used, all from the selfsame page.
 

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Just a correction.....
Stargazer, the plan you posted is a 'peanut scale'; free-flight, rubber powered, max. 13" span, quoted from the linked page,

"Both are free flight rubber designs...the PAT-1 is a peanut,...
I'm considering enlarging them for powered flight,"

see also :- http://www.samsmodels.com/site/peanut.html


cheers,
Robin.
 

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robunos said:
Just a correction.....
Stargazer, the plan you posted is a 'peanut scale'; free-flight, rubber powered, max. 13" span, quoted from the linked page,

"Both are free flight rubber designs...the PAT-1 is a peanut,...
I'm considering enlarging them for powered flight,"

Thanks Robin! Of course you're right! Silly me... My dad used to build these rubber-band-powered balsa wood aircraft and fly them on the beach when I was a kid (lots of them looked pretty much like Piper Cubs, from what I can remember...). I didn't know they were called "peanut scale" in English though... :-[
 

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