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1930 Driggers 1-A - N891H

Location: Pioneer Airport

The Driggers A, “Sunshine Girl 3rd,” parasol monoplane is a classic 1930s homebuilt aircraft. This is the third aircraft design built by Willard Driggers who worked as a draftsman for Pitcairn Aircraft.

Sunshine Girl 3rd was constructed from1928 to1930 and flown until 1936, when damage from a landing accident caused it to be put into storage. Driggers received his flight instruction from Lt. Ernest Harmon in 1923 and received special permission from General William H. “Billy” Mitchell, to solo from Bolling Army Air Field in Washington, D.C.

Donated by the estate of Willard Driggers, Alexandria, Virginia.

Length

17 ft. 8 in.

Height

6 ft. 6 in.

Empty Weight

600 lbs.

Gross Weight

850 lbs.

Wingspan

22 ft. 9 in.

Cruising Range

245 miles

Cruising Speed

85 mph

Maximum Speed

95 mph

Serial Number

1-A

Engine

60 hp., Lawrence L-4, 223 cubic inch, 3-cylinder radial