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The Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing (ICAO: BE17 / WAKE: LIGHT) is a four seater single-engine biplane. Created in Second Life by DSA Aeronautics, the aircraft was based on the real-life Model 17 Staggerwing, built in the United States of America by Beech Aircraft Corporation.
The real-life Model 17 Staggerwing was an American biplane with an atypical negative wing stagger (the lower wing is farther forward than the upper wing), that first flew in 1932. By 1934, Beechcraft had designed and built four models. They were the 17R (420 hp Wright engine); the A17F (690 hp Wright engine); the A17FS (710 hp Wright engine); and the B17L (225 hp Jacobs engine). All were fixed gear models with the exception of the B17L, which had a pneumatically retractable undercarriage. Of the three models, the B17L proved best suited to meet the market demands, and became the first production model.
Available only in-world, DSA Aeronautics' recreation of the Staggerwing features a fully-featured pilot/co-pilot's heads-up display (HUD), working doors, landing gear (with optional floats), flaps, reverse thrust, autopilot, ground proximity warning system (GPWS), and realistic lighting (landing light, navigation lights, strobes, and beacon).
- Pilot/co-pilot's heads-up display (HUD).
- Working lighting (landing light, navigation lights, strobes, and beacon).
- Working flaps, landing gear, and doors.
- Optional floats undercarriage.
- Ground proximity warning system (GPWS).
- Seats up to four people.
- Refuelling system (DSA Fuel).
- Aircraft log.
- Fully customizable.