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Van's RV-3

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6th November 2022
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Aircraft Data

The RV-3 is a single engine sport aircraft supplied in kit form for home builders. The aircraft is designed to give good performance in all aspects of flight. The current model, the RV-3B, has an improved wing spar.

Summary data for Van's RV-3 -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United States1972257n/a1n/a


1 x Lycoming O-235 (108 - 115 hp) or Lycoming O-320 (150 - 160 hp) piston engine.

Engine types as recommended by the manufacturers. Home builders may choose to substitute an alternate engine in a similar power range.


Dimensions for Van's RV-3 -
Length19 ft. 0 in.
Wing Span19 ft. 11 in.
Height5 ft. 11 in.
Empty Weight703 - 750 lbs.
Max Weight1,100 lbs.


Performance of Van's RV-3 -
Max Speed195 - 207 mph
Cruise Speed166 - 176 mph (at 55% power, 8000ft/2438m.)
Ceiling20,500 - 23,500 ft.
Normal Range595 - 640mi.
Max Range715 - 770mi.

Updated 22nd January 2009

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