IAN McDONELL COLLECTION
No. 12498. Corby CJ-1 Starlet (19-4921 c/n N186)
Photographed at Cabolture, Queensland, Australia, by Ian McDonell

Corby CJ-1 Starlet

07/31/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "As his entry in the Midget Racer Design Contest organized in 1964 by the Rollason company of Croydon, England, John C. Corby of Sutherland, Sydney, Australia, designed an aircraft named the Starlet. The design was placed eighth in the contest, and the prototype Starlet was built by Corby in a garage and it was the first of all the entrants to fly.

TYPE: Single-seat ultra-light amateur-built monoplane.
WINGS: Cantilever low-wing monoplane. Wing section NACA 43012. Single-spar trapezoidal wooden structure, with long-span ailerons.
FUSELAGE: Conventional plywood-covered wood structure.
TAIL UNIT: Cantilever wood structure with plywood covering.
LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable type, with steerable tail-wheel. Cantilever spring steel main legs. Wheel fairings could be fitted later.
POWERPLANT: Designed originally to take an Ardem (Volkswagen) engine. Prototype was fitted with a 41 hp Agusta MV GA 40 two-cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled engine, driving a two-blade fixed-pitch propeller. Fuel capacity 9.25 gal (35 l).
ACCOMMODATION: Single seat in open cockpit. Canopy could be fitted later.

Created July 31, 2014