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AL MOONEY’S 1938 CULVER DART MODEL G

AL MOONEY’S AIRCRAFT included, among others, the Alexander Eaglerock and Bullet, the Bellanca Irish Swoop racer and its Airbus cargo plane, the Monocoupe Dart Model G and its Monocoach sibliing, and the Lockheed Jetstar. Not bad for a guy who claimed to be a self-taught designer.

Image from Mooney Aircraft.

Al also started Mooney Aircraft Company; indeed, he started it twice: The original company failed in 1931, one of many to do so in the Great Depression. Today’s Mooney Aircraft, its slogan “Make It Strong. Make It Simple. Make It Fast,” traces from 1946. Al Mooney left it for Lockheed in 1953. He retired in 1968 and died, age 80, in 1986.

The Dart Model G, an Al Mooney design, had plenty of heritage. According to Bill Gunston’s World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers: From the Pioneers to the Present Day (2nd Edition), 2006, there were Mono-Aircraft, 1926–1934, Moline, Illinois; Lambert Aircraft Corporation, 1934–1936, Robertson, Missouri; Monocoupe Corporation, 1934–1940, intermittently active after this, eventually in Orlando and later Melbourne, Florida; Dart Aircraft, 1933-1939, Columbus, Ohio; and Culver Aircraft Company, 1939–1949; Columbus, Ohio, later Wichita, Kansas.

My Gmax model of the Dart for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

My Dart Project. My introduction to the Dart “Model G” 90 Hp Monoplane came from the Antique Airplane Association book Classic Airplane’s of the 30’s and Aircraft of the Roaring 20’s.

The book offered a bit of product PR: “With purchase of the design of the two-place, low-wing cabin Monosport Model G from the Monocoupe Corp., the newly-formed Dart Manufacturing Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, plans a production program on this plane in the near future.”

Dart Model G. Wing span: 29 ft. 7 in. Gross weight 1550 lb. This and the following image from Classic Airplanes of the 30’s and Aircraft of the Roaring 20’s.

The Dart’s cantilever wing had fabric covering over wood construction. The fuselage and tail were of welded metal tube, fabric covered.

“Seats are arranged side-by-side,” the article continued, “on a one-piece base facing dual stick controls and dual rudder pedals with a bungee control placed between pilot and passenger. Deep cushions add comfort for the occupants of the cockpit which features ample width, length and headroom. Forward visibility is enhanced by the use of a sloping windshield; visibility upward and to the rear by the form of an enclosure which rolls on a track and which, when opened, permits easy entrance or exit.”

The Dart was powered by a Lambert R-266 five-cylinder air-cooled radial displacing 4.35 liters (266 cu.in.) and producing 90 hp at 2375 rpm. Performance cited for the Dart included a maximum speed of 130 mph, with a cruising speed of 110 mph at 2/3 power. A range of 580 miles was claimed from the 25 gal. of fuel carried in two wing tanks.

Part of the fun with Gmax and Microsoft Flight Simulator is rendering both the shape of the craft as well as its performance. The sliding “enclosure” is another feature made possible by this software.

Thanks, Al Mooney, for this flight of fancy. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2019

6 comments on “AL MOONEY’S 1938 CULVER DART MODEL G

  1. Bhaskar
    April 25, 2019

    Great site Dennis and very informational! Where can I download all of your your work for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002/2004. The Culver Dart looks wonderful along with the rest of your work. Checking avsim / flightsim / the old hangar (TOH), it appears only a sampling of your work exists there! Will continue my readings of your posts – really well written (especially from an engineering standpoint). I really look forward to sampling most of your work in my Flight Simulator install, especially your latest efforts! like the Culver Dart. If you have any in your archives, feel free to email me. Thanks again!

    • simanaitissays
      April 25, 2019

      Thank you sincerely for your kind words. Check out flightsim.com for many of my FS9 craft.

    • simanaitissays
      April 25, 2019

      Bhaskar,
      Email me at enged@aol.com to learn more about any other more recent ones.

      • Bhaskar
        April 25, 2019

        Dennis, thanks! Email sent! Also feel free to upload your recent work to flightsim / avsim libraries, if not also simviation. I’d think there’d still be many old-timers flying FS2004 and wouldn’t mind giving your efforts a spin; would be well worth it!

      • Bhaskar
        April 25, 2019

        Dennis, pity things did not work out given the communication issues. I suggest tying together the models for Microsoft Flight Simulator with your informative pieces/articles; it would make for an excellent Easter Egg Hunt. One could in theory, upon finishing reading the article of interest, download the highlighted model(s) from the article web-page and fly’em in Flight Simulator. In any case, the vintage aero / computer flight sim section of your site would potentially serve as a hub for ‘old-timer’ simming enthusiasts who are curious about the (background) context of your aircraft model releases (also skips the email traffic!). Again, great effort! Keep it up! Cheers!

  2. simanaitissays
    April 25, 2019

    An interesting idea. And thanks again for your kind words. My rekindled interest in GMax and.FS9 is focused on Cody’s BAA-1, as in British Army Aeroplane 1.

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