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N2EK — flashback to an Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher

15 February 2013

N2EK — flashback to an Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher
 
Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher — photo by Joseph May

Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher — photo by Joseph May

I discovered these slides recently, analog images taken in the early 1980s, of a seaplane made from a kit. The design appears to be derivative of Igor Sikorsky’s early amphibious seaplanes with the shoulder mounted wing, engine atop a pylon and conventional landing gear. Luckily the registration is clear and since the FAA makes their N-number data available on-line we learn (with the help of Wikipedia) that N2EZ is:
  • An Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher built by Morice (it is not clear if that is a business name or surname)
  • She was built in 1975
  • The design is by retired Pan American Airlines pilot Earl W. Anderson who spent the better part of a decade bringing the Kingfisher to fruition
  • The cockpit is designed to seat two in a side-by-side arrangement
  • Range is around 300 miles (480km) with a speed of 120 mph (192kph) with a Lycoming engine rated at 115 hp (87.8kW)
  • The aircraft has been deregistered since August 2012
N2EK on final to Boca Raton AIrport — photo by Joseph May

N2EK on final to Boca Raton AIrport — photo by Joseph May

For more information there is this website

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