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AA-5B Tiger  

Gulfstream American AA-5B TigerThe final variant of the AA-5 line was the AA-5B Tiger. The Tiger was designed by Grumman engineers and was first produced in late 1974 as the 1975 model.

The Tiger was the outcome of the same redesign work on the AA-5 Traveler that resulted in the 150 hp (110 kW) Cheetah and it was originally little more than the same aircraft with a Lycoming O-360-A4K 180 hp (130 kW) engine, resulting in a 139-knot (257 km/h) cruise speed. Gross weight was increased from the AA-5/AA-5A's 2,200 lb (1,000 kg) to 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) on the Tiger. Externally the Tiger looked much like the AA-5 Traveler and AA-5A Cheetah so once again Grumman's marketing department came up with a distinctive decal package to differentiate the design – this time a "galloping tiger".

While the earlier AA-1s and AA-5s did not change much from year to year the AA-5B Tiger underwent almost continual improvement. As with the AA-5A, the AA-5B was continued in production by Gulfstream when they purchased Grumman's American division. Gulfstream ceased production of all piston-engined aircraft in 1979 and the highly successful Tiger design went out of production after 1323 aircraft had been delivered.

Specifications and Performance:


 Manufacturer Gulfstream American
 Years Built 1975-1979
 Number Built 1,323
 Type Single engine, 4-seat, fixed gear
 Wingspan 31 ft 5 ins
 Length 22 ft
 Height 8 ft
 Empty Weight 1,398 lbs
 Gross Weight 2,400 lbs
 Payload W/Std Fuel 780 lbs
 Engine Lycoming O-360-A4K 180hp @ 2,700 rpm
 TBO 2,000 hrs
 Useable Fuel (Max) 51 US gal
 Useable Fuel (Std) 37 US gal
 Takeoff Ground Roll 865 ft
 Takeoff Over 50'1,550 ft 
 Rate Of Climb 850 fpm
 Landing Over 50' 1,120 ft
 Landing Ground Roll 410 ft
 Stall Speed (Vso) 53 kts
 Max Speed 148 kts
 Cruise Speed (75% Pwr) 139 kts
 Cruise Altitude 8,500 ft
 Cruise Range (45m Reserve) 554 nm
 Service Ceiling 13,800 ft
 Wing Loading 17.1 lbs/sq ft
 Power Loading 13.3 lbs/bhp
 Propellor (Dia/Pitch) McCauley 75/63 Fixed

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