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25th June 2022
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Aircraft Data

The RV-8 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. The RV8 has a tailwheel, the RV8a a nosewheel.

Summary data for Van's RV-8 -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United States1998830n/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-8 -
Length20 ft. 10 in - 21 ft. 0 in.
Wing Span24 ft. 0 in.
Height5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight1,067 - 1,120 lbs.
Max Weight1,800 lbs.


Performance of Van's RV-8 -
Max Speed204 - 222 mph (depending on engine fit)
Cruise Speed171 - 187 mph (at 55% power, 8000ft/2438m)
Ceiling18,500 - 22,500 ft.
Normal Range770 - 855mi.
Max Range930 - 1,020mi.

Updated 22nd January 2009

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