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    Description

    The Brändli BX-2 Cherry is two-seat sport homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Max Brändli. More than a hundred had been constructed by 2010.

    General Information

    The Cherry is a low wing monoplane. It has a wood-framed fuselage and wings with wooden spars, styrofoam cores and glass fibre covering. The inner sections of the wings have constant chord and carry flaps; the outer sections are straight tapered with ailerons. The wings can be removed rapidly for transport. The tail surfaces are straight tapered and the stabilator is fitted with a full-span anti-servo tab.

     

    The Cherry seats two, in side-by-side configuration under a large, almost fully transparent, forward sliding canopy. It has a retractable tricycle undercarriage, with simple, outward folding main legs. A conventional undercarriage is an option.

     

    The prototype was powered by a 65 hp (49 kW) Continental A65 flat four engine. Since then Cherrys have used flat fours with powers of up to 100 hp (75 kW), including some from the Continental range, the Volkswagen derived Limbach L.2400 and the Rotax 912. Also the flat 2-cylinder motorcycle derived BMW R1200GS has been used.

     

    The prototype Cherry, HB-YBX flew around Europe for 25 years; in 2009 it crashed after take-off from Sundsvall-Härnösand Airport in Sweden, killing both Dani Gerwer and its designer Max Brändli,

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    2
    Length:
    5.31 m (17 ft 5 in)
    Wingspan:
    6.98 m (22 ft 11 in)
    Height:
    1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
    Wing Area:
    90 sq.ft. / 8.50 sq.m
    Empty Weight:
    320 kg (705 lb)
    MTOW:
    550 kg (1,213 lb)
    Fuel Capacity:
    23 USG / 80 lt
    Powerplant:
    1 × Teledyne Continental C90 4-cylinder horizontally opposed air-cooled, 67 kW (90 hp)
    Vne:
    275 km/h, Maximum speed: 260 km/h (160 mph, 140 kn)
    Cruise Speed:
    220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)
    Stall Speed:
    Vs (stall, clean): 96 km/h; Vs0 (stall, flaps): 85 km/h
    Range:
    800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi)
    Takeoff Dist.:
    1000 ft / 300 m; To 15m: 560 m
    Landing Dist.:
    500 ft.
    Rate of Climb:
    3.0 m/s (590 ft/min)
    Service Ceiling:
    14,000 ft.

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