Jameson RJJ-1 Gipsy Hawk

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RJJ-1 Gypsy Hawk
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Jameson Gipsy Hawk at the Rishon LeZion Air and Space Museum
Role Single seat homebuilt light aircraft
National origin U.S.
Designer Richard J. Jameson
First flight 1972
Number built 1

The Jameson RJJ-1 Gipsy Hawk was a single-engine light aircraft intended to be homebuilt from plans. The prototype was designed and constructed in the U.S. by Richard Jameson in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

Design and development[edit]

The Gypsy Hawk was an all-metal low wing monoplane, constructed throughout from light alloy angle spars and frames under a light alloy skin. The wings and tailplane had constant chord and square tips. There was a fuel tank in the outer panel of each wing. The all-moving tail was set at the extreme rear fuselage and had external mass balances and an anti-servo tab. The fin and rudder were further forward, swept and with a fillet to lead the fin into the strongly sloping upper fuselage.[1]

The fuselage was a light alloy semi-monocoque with a nose-mounted 65 hp (48 kW) Continental A65 flat-four engine driving a fixed pitch, two-blade propeller. The single-seat cockpit placed the pilot over the wing under a two-piece blown canopy. The Gypsy Hawk had a fixed, unfaired tricycle undercarriage.[1]

Construction of the Gypsy Hawk began about 1968 and the first flight was in 1972.[1][2]

Operational history[edit]

By the end of February 1974 the Gypsy Hawk had logged 200 hours of testing[1] but there is no record of other examples.[2]

By November 2012 the sole example was no longer registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration and may no longer exist.[3]


Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1974-75[1]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: one
  • Length: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
  • Wingspan: 18 ft 8 in (5.69 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
  • Airfoil: NACA 747A315
  • Empty weight: 520 lb (236 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 820 lb (372 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: c.20 US gal (76 L; 17 Imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental A65 air-cooled flat four piston, 65 hp (48 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed


  • Maximum speed: 125 mph (201 km/h; 109 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 115 mph (185 km/h; 100 kn)
  • Stall speed: 65 mph (105 km/h; 56 kn)
  • Endurance: 4 hr
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s) maximum, at sea level
  • Take-off run: 800 ft (244 m)
  • Landing Speed: 75-80 mph (121-129 km/h; 65-69 kn)


  1. ^ a b c d e Taylor, John W R (1974). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1974-75. London: Jane's Yearbooks. ISBN 0 354 00502 2.
  2. ^ a b "Aerofiles - Jameson". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (5 November 2012). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 5 November 2012.

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