Primarily intended for the 1953 England-New Zealand Race, and conforming to the F.A.I. Light Aircraft 5th Category (weight 3,000-4,500 kg), the Coppelia racing aircraft, illustrated here in its preliminary form, had been designed by a Londoner, Mr. George Korab, B.Sc, A.F.R.Ae.S.
Originally, the installation of two Turbomeca Pimene turbojets was foreseen, but their combined static thrust of 440 lb proved inadequate, and redesign was undertaken round a single Armstrong Siddeley Adder (1,100 lb static thrust).
Pilot and navigator was seated in tandem, and provision was made for two JATO units under the jet-pipe at the rear of the metal-constructed fuselage.
Fuel tanks occupied all the centre portion of the fuselage and projected into the wing, which was of mixed construction.
Coppelia General data
|Designer||Mr. George Korab|
|Project date||January 1951|
|Max ratings||475 kg||1,050 lbs|
|Span||9,98 m||32 ft 9 in|
|Length||13,51 m||44 ft 4 in|
|Vne - Max. speed||653 km/h||406 mph|
|Take-off distance (50 ft)||1420 m||1,550 yd|
|Max Range||4665 km||2900 miles|