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Obscure Airplane Highlight of the Day : Arrow Sport F & M


Arrow Sport F & M: The Arrow Sport began life as the Model F. F being for the Ford which powered it. The Bureau of Air Commerce wanted to research the viability of converted car engines and Arrow was up to the task.

The initial design was a two seat side-by-side, strut braced low wing configuration with an 85hp Ford V-8 power plant. The design was tweaked with larger tail feathers and the center portion of the wing was narrowed to avoid blocking airflow to the tail during landing. The resulting prototype airplane was certified for production, a rarity for converted car engines.

The Ford which powered the airplane was a typical flathead Ford V-8 with some parts replaced with aluminum for weight savings. The engine housed a 2:1 Gearbox on the front and swung a large slow turning sensenich wood propeller. All together the engine and gearbox weighed over 400lbs and only produced 85hp. Compared to an equivalent 85hp Continental which weighs less than 200lbs, the Arrow Sport was far from a high performance airplane.

The Model F was marketed for sale at a modest $1500 and saw a surprising interest considering its performance limitations. It could be ordered as an open or closed cockpit and near the end of its production run it could be ordered as the “Arrow Sport M” which had a 125hp Menasco instead of the Ford. In total 103 made it off the production line. Today there is one Arrow Sport M surviving in private ownership and at least half a dozen surviving Fs in various museums and private hands.
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