Project Description





Spartan Executive

Class: Four-Five Seat, Single Engine Light Transport

National Origin: United States

Manufacturer: Spartan Aircraft Company

First Flight: 1940

Primary User: Civilian Owners

Number Built: 34

The Spartan 7W Executive model is a all metal construction with retractable landing gear and fabric covered control surfaces designed and built in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Spartans were built for comfort and performance for both personal and executive businessman. A total of 34 were built between the years of 1936 to 1940 designed by Spartan Aircraft Company and first flight accomplished on March 8, 1936. A couple variants were planned for military applications with guns and bomb racks, but was a short-lived program that never gained interest. A total of 16 7W’s were drafted into service and designated as UC-71’s and were used for executive transport for military staff. After 33 years of Spartan Aircraft Company manufacturing aircraft, they sold to Spartan School of Aeronautics, now known as Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: five passengers
  • Length: 26ft (9.52 m)
  • Wingspan: 39ft (11.34 m)
  • Height: 8ft (3.15 m)
  • Wing area: 207.6 ft² (19.28 m²)
  • Airfoil: USA 35-B (modified)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.8:1
  • Empty weight: 3,180 lb (1,442 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 4,400 lb (2,360 kg)
  • Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985 9-cylinder air cooled radial producing 450hp
  • Propellers: two bladed Hamilton Standard constant speed propeller


  • Never exceed speed: 277 mph (240 knots, 446 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 215 mph (187 knots, 346 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 172 mph (150 knots, 278 km/h) at 10,200 ft (3,110 m) (long-range cruise)
  • Stall speed: 68 mph (59 knots, 109 km/h) (flaps down)
  • Range: 1,519 miles (1,320 nmi, 2,445 km) at long-range cruise
  • Service ceiling: 18,950 ft (5,775 m) (absolute ceiling)
  • Rate of climb: 1,400 ft/min (7.1 m/s)