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The Harlow PJC-2 was a 1930s American four-seat cabin monoplane, designed by Max

Max Harlow was an aeronautical engineer and instructor at the Pasadena Junior
College. Under his tutelage, the aircraft designated PJC-1 was designed and
built as a class project. The PJC-1 first flew on 14 September 1937 at Alhambra,
California but it crashed during an extended (more than six turn) spin test with
the center of gravity ballasted to the aft limit, as it was going through the
certification process—a problem generally laid at the feet the unusually
rigorous spin test requirement and the government test pilot, who bailed out of
the airplane after the spin "flattened out." The airplane struck the ground,
still in the "flat" (longitudinally level) attitude in a bean field near Mines
Field (now Los Angeles International Airport) with considerable damage; although
repairable, the PJC-1 was never returned to service. PJC students then built a
slightly modified airplane, which limited aileron travel with full aft-stick and
incorporated a slightly larger vertical stabilizer. This became the PJC-2 model,
serial number 1 certified by the FAA on 20 May 1938. It was one of the first, if
not the first, airplane designed and built in the U.S. with a stressed-skin
semi-monocoque structure—a revolutionary design feature for the time. Harlow saw
the potential and formed the Harlow Aircraft Company to build PJC-2 aircraft at
Alhambra Airport. Four aircraft were impressed into United States Army Air
Forces service with the designation UC-80 in 1942, and used by Civil Aeronautics
Administration inspectors after WW II.

Four-seat cabin monoplane

Harlow Aircraft Company

Max B. Harlow

First flight

Number built

Unit cost

$24,880 in 1938

Harlow PC-5

The PJC-2 was an all-metal low-wing cantilever monoplane with conventional
low-set tailplane and a retractable tailwheel landing gear. A tandem two-seat
version intended as a military trainer was developed as the Harlow PC-5.

In 1991, 3 PJC-2s were actively flying.

Specifications Harlow PJC-2

General characteristics
Crew: One
Capacity: Three passengers
Length: 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 10 in (10.92 m)
Height: 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m)
Wing area: 185 ft2 (17.19 m2)
Empty weight: 1661 lb (753 kg)
Gross weight: 2600 lb (1179 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Warner Super Scarab SS-50 7-cylinder radial piston engine, 145
hp (108 kW)

Maximum speed: 160 mph (257 km/h)
Cruise speed: 140 mph (224 km/h)
Range: 490 miles (788 km)
Service ceiling: 15,500 ft (4725 m)



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