Rearwin Aircraft

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.

This from: 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 Airplanes

a history

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 Great Depression, Rearwin, along with other airplane manufacturers, decided to build a "flying flivver." 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 favorite Rearwin.
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 ( 10 ) copies being produced in the late 1930's.
The prototype Speedster ( initially ) failed the govenment spin ( recovery ) test. Perhaps resulting in its large vertical tail.
All in all, a pretty airplane that deserved a better fate.

Rearwin "Cloudster"

The Cloudster was less than a commercial success ( More than 124 built ) in 1939. A few were modified for use by Pan Am ( and others ) as an instrument flying trainer.
It marked the change from tandem seating to side-by-side for Rearwin.

Rearwin "Skyranger"

The Skyranger was certified in 1940 and was built with a variety of Continental ( & Franklin ) opposed engines, ( 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.
Thanks, Eric.

Questions and comments to: Del Ogren