N.B. After I put this page on the web, I got email from Eric Rearwin.
He said that he was studying his roots, had found the web site, and had
sent copies to his grandfather, one of the original Rearwin brothers!
Eric sent hard copy to his grandfather. That got corrected. And Eric
s-mailed the result to me. What fun this web!
I have corrected copy written by the hand of one of the original Rearwin's!
Those corrections appear in bold italics, surrounded
by parens on this page.
Thank's much, Eric.
Mail to: Eric Rearwin
Take a look at Mel Norris's web site!
He's rebuilding a Cloudster and is setting up a great set of links
for other Rearwin enthusiasts.
Mail to: Melvyn Hiscock
He's restoring a Cloudster in England. Somebody stop him before he
installs a flat engine! Sell him your round engine parts.
And, this from:
Mail to: Joe Fulton
I have a 1941 Cloudster Model 8135 under restoration at this time.
The engine is being overhauled. I bought the project as a basket
case in 1992. The engine had been sold off long ago, and I had to
find a 7-cyl Ken-Royce for it. No easy task.
I was lucky and bought a basket case engine, and later most of
another engine, plus some other spare parts. We have just about
enough parts to finish it, if we can find enough of the right pistons.
Rearwin "Ken-Royce" 2000 CO
The three-seat Rearwin "Ken-Royce" was certified in 1930.
1929--a Curtiss 170 hp and later
It was powered
by a Contintal A-70 7 cyl. engine, rated at 165 HP.
Fairly "slick" for it's time, it is reported to have crused at 110 MPH.
Few were built, but the airplane was reported to be a joy to fly.
Rearwin "Junior" 3000
With the market for everything starting to disappear during The
Rearwin, along with other airplane manufacturers, decided to build a "flying
The Junior was an attempt to fill that niche.
Powered by a 3 cyl. 45 HP Szekely engine, the Junior enjoyed some market
success. The 3000, and the later 4000 version (with an Aeromarine AR-3
engine) sold nearly 30 copies.
The Szekely engine was notorious for spitting out its cylinders.
So much so that the heads were attached to one-another by a cable!
Rearwin "Sportster" 7000
In 1935 the Sportster was certified with a 70 HP LeBlond engine. This is my
Over 30 copies were built.
Along with the Porterfield's, and Taylor's
of the same era, to my eye, this airplane defines the American light-plane.
It went on to be produced with an NACA cowling, and a Ken-Royce radial engine.
Rearwin "Speedster" 6000
Except for race-planes, and other one-off's, the Rearwin Speedster
is perhaps one of the most over-modeled airplanes. Two copies of the Cirrus
powered version were built.
Rearwin "Speedster" 6000-M
The Menasco powered version saw 6
copies being produced in the late 1930's.
The prototype Speedster
failed the govenment spin
test. Perhaps resulting
in its large vertical tail.
All in all, a pretty airplane that deserved a better fate.
The Cloudster was less than a commercial success
More than 124 built
in 1939. A few were
modified for use by Pan Am
as an instrument flying trainer.
It marked the change from tandem seating to side-by-side for Rearwin.
The Skyranger was certified in 1940 and was built with a variety of
from 65 hp
up to the 85HP version.
About 85 [copies] by 1941.
When WW II ended, Rearwin became "Commonwealth" and continued production
of the Skyranger. But by November of 1946, production of the Skyranger
stopped due to market pressures. Thus ending the age of the Rearwin.
Though, if you keep your eyes peeled, and study your "Trade-a-Plane"
ad's, you might still see a Skyranger for sale.
In the past year, I've seen a Cloudster, and parts for a Speedster for sale!
Let's keep those Rearwin's flyin'...
Pictures and some text from Jos. Juptner's "U.S. Civil Aircraft" series.
If you can find it, buy all 9 volumes!
But ya gotta get lucky to get info from the source.
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