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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
Construction of the original Sportsman was started in
September of 1957 and was completed December 1958. The construction of the rigid
and corrosion proof hull is of 1/16 inch and 3/32 inch aircraft mahogany plywood
with 1/4 inch plywood at the step for maximum strength. The hull is further
covered with fiberglass for added protection.
Numerous testing from calm
water to five foot swells in the open sea have proven the design to be both
extremely airworthy and seaworthy. Take off from water at sea level consumes
about 20 seconds.
The VJ-22 Sportsman has useful features not usually
found on aircraft; one is the distinct advantage that a pusher-type of engine
mounting affords excellent visibility, two, the propellor safety on the
Two-place,side by side,closed cabin, highwing
Amphibious flying boat.
Useful load 500 lbs
Gross weight 1,500 lbs
Continental C-85, starter and
Fuel consumption 5.0 gals per hour
(Engines up to 125 H.P could be
installed but this would be your own responsibility in changing the
Stalling speed 45 mph
Climb 600' per minute.
Maximun range w/20 gals of gas 300 miles
Wood hull aircraft mahogany
plywood and spruce, fiber-glass covered.
Wings-Aeronca Chief or
Champion, wood spar, ribs, fabric covered.
Landing gear-Main gear,
swiveling tail wheel and water rudder manually retractable.
Experimental, amateur built category,
with only one restriction, no flying for hire.