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Coppelia Project

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

DesignerMr. George Korab
TypeExperimental jet
Project dateJanuary 1951

Power plant

Max ratings475 kg1,050 lbs


Span9,98 m32 ft 9 in
Length 13,51 m44 ft 4 in
Areas ft²
Aspect ratio  


Max. permissible kglb
Wing Loadingk/m²lb/ft²


Vne - Max. speed653 km/h406 mph
Take-off distance (50 ft)1420 m1,550 yd
Max Range4665 km2900 miles