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Ensign Aircraft EA-12


Ensign Aircraft's EA·12 trainer design was one of five competitors in the US Air Force nextation trainer (NGT), to replace US Air Force T-37 basic trainers, bidding. Ensign was the smallest company to submit a proposal for the Air Force requirement and is competing against designs submitted by Rock·well International, Cessna, Fairchild and GulfStream American. 

EA-12, was a conventional design powered by a pair of Williams Research WR44 turbofans, but which should be built largely by robots, keeping initial production costs to a minimum.

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Artist view of the Ensign Aircraft EA-12. Source : Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 25, 1982.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Wing span30.0 ft
Overall length 32.3 ft
Tail height12.0 ft
Wing area 145 sq.ft
Weights
Empty weight 3,230 lb
Maximum gross weight 5,500 lb

 

Initialy planned with two 1.500 lb. thrust Garrett TFE76 turbofan engines, the EA-12 project was then proposed with a pair of Williams Research WR44 turbofans.