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JOE DAVIES HERITAGE AIRPARK AT PALMDALE PLANT 42
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Model 143 Triumph

Aircraft at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42


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A/C SN N143SC
Date Acquired: May 2006
Acquired From: Burt Rutan, Scaled Composites (Donated)
Displayed: March 2007

History

The all-composite Triumph, an 8500-lb, 41,000-ft capable, pressurized 8-seat corporate aircraft, was designed around the then-unflown Williams FJ-44 turbofan engine. In 1988, Scaled performed the first flight of the Triumph, which was also the first flight tests of the FJ-44. Our subsequent test program, which consisted of over 100 hours of flight tests, confirmed the performance and operating characteristics of both the engines and the airplane. The Triumph was tested to over 41,000 ft, at speeds up to .69 Mach. Pressurization systems were developed, installed, and tested, basic handling qualities and performance tests were conducted, and a significant body of engine tests were performed. Problems with the FAA in certification process of the first ALL Composite A/C caused delays and finally, cancelled the program. Donated by Burt Rutan.

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