Slingsby Firefly

We recently moved into a new hangar at our local airport and are sharing it with two Slingsby Fireflys which I knew nothing about. Interestingly enough these are British made airplanes and were built as basic aerobatic military trainers for over 21 years!

Originally produced as the Fournier RF-6, the airplane was an all wood airplane which first flew on March 12, 1974. Fournier was unable to keep up with production so in 1981 the development rights were sold to Slingsby Aviation Limited and were built in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire, England.
Slingsby renamed the RF-6 to T67 Firefly, and abandoned the all wood construction in favor of composite construction. It remained a high aspect ratio winged, basic aerobatic, military trainer throughout production.

Specifications Slingsby Firefly T67

• Manufacturer: Slingsby Aviation Limited
• Crew: 1
• Capacity: 2
• Length: 24 ft. ¼ in. (7.32 m)
• Height: 7 ft. 9 in. (2.36 m)
• Wingspan: 34 ft. 9 in. (10.59 m)
• Empty weight: 1450 lb. (658 kg)
• Loaded weight: 2100 lb. (952 kg)
• Powerplant: 1 × 160 hp Textron Lycoming AEIO 320-D2A
• Variants: 12
• Number built: 250+ Built 1974-1995

Performance

• Stall speed: 62 mph.; 54 kt; (100 km/h) With Flaps
• Cruise speed: 144 mph.; 125 kt; (231 km/h)
• Maximum speed: 153 mph.; (246 km/h)
• Serviced Ceiling: 12,000 feet; (3660 m)
• Range: 650 miles; (1046 km)