The design incorporated many
innovative features. The stagger of the wings is the opposite of the
standard configuration of the day. This provides the advantages of improved
pilot visibility and the aerodynamic effect of stall resistance. The lower
wing stalls first, causing the nose to drop and gain airspeed. A split
rudder was incorporated in the original design in lieu of modern-day flaps
to slow the aircraft for landing. Interior appointments mirrored the luxury
automobile with nice fabrics, leathers, and woods. The main wheels retracted
into the fairings to further reduce drag.
c/n 1, mfg. Nov. 2, 1932
Number Built: 2 (17R-1 & 17R-2, NC58Y)
Gross Weight (lbs): 4,500
Empty Weight (lbs): 2,677
Wingspan (ft): 34'4"
Length (ft): 24'3"
Engine: Wright R-975E-2 "Whirlwind"
Model 17R Specifications