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Van's RV-4

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2nd July 2022
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Aircraft Data

The RV-4 is a tandem 2 seat single engine sport aircraft supplied in kit form for home builders. The aircraft is aerobatic but also a good cross-country cruiser with excellent field performance.

Summary data for Van's RV-4 -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United States19791279n/a11


1 x Lycoming O-320 (150 - 160 hp) or Lycoming O-360 (180 - 200 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-4 -
Length20 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span5 ft. 0 in.
Height23 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight905 - 913 lbs.
Max Weight1,500 lbs.


Performance of Van's RV-4 -
Max Speed201 - 213 mph (depending on engine fitted)
Cruise Speed170 - 180 mph (at 55% power, 8000ft/2438m.)
Ceiling21,700 - 28,600 ft.
Normal Range590 - 640mi.
Max Range725 - 790mi.

Updated 22nd January 2009

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