Cover Plane: Rason "Warrior" X-3
November 1957 American Modeler
visitor Sam B. wrote asking that I scan and post this article
on the Ranson "Warrior" X-3 homebuilt airplane that appeared in
the November 1957 edition of American Modeler. He is considering
building a control line version of it. Unfortunately, only a 3-view
drawing of the craft appear in the magazine, but there are also
a couple photos (along with the color Cover Photo) that should help
with drawing plans. A Web search turned up only one example of a
Rason Warrior X-3 (N1528Y). The was a link to a rubber-powered
free flight model version, but the links are broken. There is a
plans listing for a 13"
Ranson Warrior X-3 in the AMA Plans Service's list.
Plane: Rason "Warrior" X-3
Rason "Warrior" X-3 is the brainchild of Alvin Ray Johns, an inspector
with Fairchild Aircraft (Hagerstown), who with the financial and
physical aid of Paul L. Witmer has turned out this 4 or 5 place
passenger-cargo plane of mixed construction.
has been developed with an eye towards bush country operations in
the wilds of Canada and South America with its ruggedness and small
field take-off/landing capabilities. Powered by a 185 hp Lycoming
0-435-1 engine, the plane can carry a 1000-lb payload; tests have
shown that the craft can carry out low-speed climbing turns at gross
weight with complete safety. Landing. speeds of 40 to 45 mph permits
short field operations with ease; its long-travel landing gear affords
safety in rough fields. Plane's large area wing provides a fast,
It is interesting to note that the
trailing edge of the cantilevered, tapered wing ends not far from
the leading edge of the high-positioned horizontal stabilizer.
"Warrior" is equipped with wide doors and quick-remove seats for
convenience of cargo loading. Designed in 1947, flown some 4 years
later after "spare-time" construction, it is presently undergoing
pre-certification flight test development. The "Warrior" is Mr.
John's third design, his first being a light sport craft powered
by a Model "A" Ford engine, built and flown in 1938 when he was
Specifications are: Cruise, 118 mph; maximum speed,
140 mph; landing speed, 42 mph; rate of climb, 1,000' per minute
at 75 mph; empty weight, 1,820 lbs; gross weight, 3,450 lbs; span,
38'; taper ratio, 0.46; horizontal tail, 15'; vertical tail, 15';
length, 22', 3".
Rason "Warrior" X-3 3-View
Posted December 31, 2013