No. 10180. Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher (N2EK c/n 84)
Photographed at Florida Air Museum, Lakeland, Florida, USA, June 6, 2010, by Ted Black

Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher

11/30/2010. Earl Anderson, a Boeing 747 captain flying for Pan American World Airways, designed and built an original light side by side two-seat amphibian which he named EA-1 Kingfisher. The project occupied a period of nine years from start of design to completion, and the first flight was made on April 24, 1969. After a time, Anderson replaced the original 100 hp Continental engine by an 115 hp Avco Lycoming O-235-C1. With this power plant the Kingfisher had an empty weight of 1,092 lb (495 kg), a max takeoff weight of 1,600 lb (725 kg) and improved performance.

Plans available to amateur constructors cover the increase in weight. The Kingfisher was designed originally to accept alternative power plants up to a maximum of 140 hp, but on the basis of experience with the 115 hp O-235-C1 engine, Anderson discouraged homebuilders from installing more powerful engines. Anderson Aircraft Corporation was formed to market plans of the Kingfisher, by early 1984 well over 200 sets of plans had been sold, and Kingfishers were under construction in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, West Germany and Panama. Some twenty are still registered in the USA.

Created November 30, 2010