Looking forward to seeing the drawing.I have been playing around with a similar idea, how about a side by side version of a high wing twin boom pusher? I started with the NASA GA(PC)-1 airfoil with a 48" chord and an effective wing span of 25' to provide a wing area of 100 Sq. Ft. The wing would have flaperons and would be basically a 133% version of the wing on the Taylor Mini Imp. The side by side configuration allows the designer to move the variable load of the passengers close to the COL of the wing while not putting them under the wing. I have drawn up a forward fuselage that is an folded and riveted aluminum monocoque with a forward hinged canopy. The engine would be mounted high so that the plane would sit on short tricycle gear so the passengers could step over the sides and into the open cockpit. The twin booms would be at wing level with the outboard portions of the wings removable. The stabilizer/elevator would be mounted high and out of the prop wash like on the Thai RTAF-5. If you are acquainted with the Mini Imp imagine a side by side version with a twin boom tail. The twin boom tail would allow for the elimination of the long drive shaft which is a weakness of the Mini Imp. I will try to clean up the configuration drawing and post it.
What Mr Taylor said.Humble 'salute' to EAA 8444... tough work and ultimately great choice!
In the 1980s I was USAF [SA-ALC] lead structures/mechanical engineer for the O-2A, OV-10A and then A/T-37s... for~6-years. I encountered the OV in significant technical depth... and had a couple of test flights to evaluate mechanical issues.
BTW... my true favorite combat aircraft of all-time is the A-37[A/B] dragonfly... a simple-efficient-compact killing machine... same genera/era as OV.
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A-37s flew in-conjunction with FAC O-2s and OV's on many thousands of missions. In-total, a couple-of hundred [~250?] USAF A-37s racked-up ~70,000 USAF combat sorties over ~6-years in VN... with the airborne combat loss [shoot-down] of about 12 Acft [many more lost to accidents and on-the-ramp rocket/artillery/sapper attacks].
More than once, A-37s followed OVs or O-2s thru dangerous low ceiling/visibility 'sucker-holes' in relief of ground units under high-threat of being over-run by the VC/NVA [danger-close employment of BLU/BDUs, 2.75-rockets and 7.62 strafing]. To this day there is a tight/brotherhood bond between A-37 and OV and O-2 associations.
Cambodia??P But I thought . . . never mind.What Mr Taylor said.
I flew the OV10 800 hours/185 missions mostly over Cambodia in late 70 thru fall 71.
The A-37 guys don't get much recognition, for whatever reason. It was a nice little platform and cheap to operate, too. The program went together pretty fast. It would have been a hoot to fly, and I'd love to see a few of them lined up to get fuel via probe-drogue. I'm guessing that was a rare occurrence.most all the FACS preferred the A37 over any fixed wing jet attack aircraft, especially if there were friendlies in the area.
As stated in an earlier reply I flew the Bronco for some time and liked the airplane. A lot. I also owned a Bobcat for a short time and flew it enough to learn a lot about it. It looks conventional, like the Beech 18, but in some ways mine didn't fly much like the "modern" certified planes most of us are used to these days. Especially when slowed up. My strip is short and obstacles and requires a late turn in the flare...the Bamboo Bomber when slow got unstable and clumsy...I never did get it in my strip. Couldn't make that turn in the short time/distance required. And other differences. I liked it too. A lot.Compare the OV-10 to something about the same size but much closer to the power and weight you have in mind, say a Cessna Bobcat. The Bronco has four times the power and carries more than double the weight of the Bobcat, so it's just not a "normal" aircraft from a light aviation perspective. I think you'd be better off with a full-scale Bronco but at Bobcat weight and power.
NORTH AMERICAN OV-10D BRONCO
Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)
Wing area: 290.95 ft² (27.03 m²)
Max. takeoff weight: 14,444 lb (6,552 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Garrett T76-G-420/421 turboprop, 1,040 hp (775.5 kW) each
CESSNA AT-17 BOBCAT
Wingspan: 41 ft 11 in (12.78 m)
Wing area: 295 sq ft (27.4 m2)
Max takeoff weight: 6,062 lb (2,750 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Jacobs R-755-9 seven-cylinder, air-cooled, radial piston engine, 245 hp (183 kW) each