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1940 Funk B - NC24116

Location: Pioneer Airport

The Funk B is a high-wing monoplane designed for the $700 aircraft program of the 1930s. This government program was intended to get the average family flying and help the country out of a depression.

The Funk B was inexpensive, but (at almost $2,000) well over the price envisioned by the program. Never-the-less, it proved popular due to its simplicity. The modified Ford Model B engine, using many stock Ford parts, was easy to service. Most Ford/Funk motors were later replaced with more powerful engines.

This example is one of a small number to survive with its original engine.

Donated by Gustave A. Limbach, Birchwood, Wisconsin.

Length

20 ft. 8 in.

Height

6 ft. 8 in.

Wingspan

35 ft. 0 in.

Total Wing Area

169 sq. ft.

Cruising Speed

100 mph

Cruising Range

350 miles

Serial Number

45

Empty Weight

860 lbs.

Gross Weight

1,350 lbs.

Engine

63 hp, Ford Model B, 200 cubic inch, 4-cylinder inverted inline.

Oil Capacity

5 gal.

Fuel Capacity

16 gal.

Maximum Speed

112 mph

Service Ceiling

12,000 ft.

Price at Factory

$ 1,950