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Adam A-500 (N500AX)



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andré belleau
N500AX Adams Aircraft A-500.
Alan Brown
Great photo of an interesting designed aircraft.
Paul Wisgerhof
FAA records list this aircraft as "destroyed."
Bob Showalter
It is a shame this beautiful design didn’t make it!
Adam Andre
I like how this plane is called an Adam A. This plane has my name all over it.
This one pictured is the first one, it has no winglets. I have the last one built and It fly's even better than it looks.
David Halligan
Beautiful photo! They were based here in Colorado, but sadly had to shut down. I wonder how many of their planes are still flying?
Dan Noonan
How efficient is the push/pull concept?
Jim Smirh
"How efficient is the push/pull concept?" It helps keep the wing airflow 'cleaner'.

I would suggest starting the aft engine first and at least starting a taxi out, then start the forward one. This avoids explaining the long takeoff roll in the accident report...
Martin Allan
The push me pull you engine configuration was used very successfully on the Dornier 335 Pfeil (Arrow) heavy fighter of World War2. It was said to be the fastest piston engine plane ever.
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The Do-335 Pfeil was briefly the fastest piston engine plane ever. However, in 1946 Republic Aviation rolled out the F-12 Rainbow in response to the same RFP that prompted Howard Hughes to build his F-11. Three examples of the Rainbow were built. One shattered all piston engine, propeller-driven, records with a non-stop LA to NY FL400 dash averaging just over 410 Knots GROUND-SPEED.

Push-pull props work fine. They do benefit from distance between props, counter-rotating props, and smooth airframe between props. The Adam A-500 has all the above. Burt Rutan clearly has a profound understanding of aerodynamics.
John Smythe
Sweet ride
Kenneth Rehder
I believe this plane was their prototype. I saw the same plane at Oshkosh Airventure two or three years in a row until they ceased production. The tail number, I believe was 500 for the model number and then AX stood for Adam Experimental. Correct me if I’m wrong. Also, if I remember right, it was the first all composite construction. Oshkosh also had cut-away sections of the fuselage showing the composite construction.
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