Ernie Gann had a Wing Derringer as his last airplane before he died, and he loved it. By the way, Robert, I believe the Wing was powered by the 160 h.p. IO-320, not the IO-360 which has 180 - 200 h.p. depending on the specific model. The fuel burn on the IO-320 would be closer to 9 g.p.h. per side at 75% power.
Interesting aircraft. I watched with interest as Zenith toyed with their 2 seat Gemini kit prototype a few years ago, running two Rotaxes or Jabirus. I thought it looked like a good concept although the Zenith has the type of fat wing more associated with low stall speeds than high cruising speeds. I thought that something like that, with a decent cruise and useful load would be a great twin trainer and personal aircraft. The new Tecnam 4-seat twin looks to be getting good numbers out of two Rotax motors with C172 fuel consumption. I guess insurance etc killed it. A pity.
Just to clarify, I meant to say that insurance etc might have killed the Zenith. Thanks John
Hey kimam2208, you ever hear of Google? It took me all of 20 seconds to find the info you so desperately seek. I don't think the technical specifications were the main reason for the article in the first place.
I'm glad someone cleared up the engine mistake, it was the 160 hp Lycomings, which were IO-320's, burning about 9 gph each. I seem to remember that Wing had a simular problem that Zenith had with it's little twin. If an engine takes the day off, especially in certain situations, things happen pretty fast, and the smaller the ship, the faster they happen. In the Wing, which was and is a great transportation airplane, offering a fast and economical ride, gets real interesting on one engine. It, like other of it's size and smaller, can be managed, but require training, currency, and skill.
Thanks, Russ. Meant IO-320s, same engines as Piper used on the airplane in which I learned to fly. Speaking of which, remember when Piper took the rear seats out of the 140 to make a training airplane to compete with the 150? Only example I can think of when a four seater was converted into a two-seater.
So, do y'all think the Derringer has a future if someone were to revive it?