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An American two-seater light monoplane produced in the 1930s.

Produced by the Dart Aircraft Company (later the Culver Aircraft Company), it was designed by Al Mooney (later of Mooney Aircraft) and built in Port Columbus Airport from 1939 to 1946. Approximately 50 Culver Darts were built. A unique feature of the Dart was its wide, elliptical cantilever wing utilizing the “low-aspect ratio” concept that Al Mooney wanted. This design—coupled with the wing’s laminated spruce spar beams—resulted in the Dart having exceptional strength, rigidity and maneuverability. It was never intended to be or considered to be a “working” airplane. Rather, the Dart was meant to be a fun-loving sport airplane. This Dart GC was donated by the family of Harold Miller in 2022.

Quick facts

  • Manufacturer: Dart
  • Country: United States
  • Type: two-seater light monoplane
  • Engine: Continental four-cylinder, 145 HP
  • Maximum speed: 125 mph
  • Ceiling: 16,000 ft
  • Range: 495 miles
  • Crew: 2.00
  • Length: 19 feet, 6 inches
  • Wingspan: 29 feet, 6 inches
  • Number built: 50

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