Designation: BC-12D

TAYLORCRAFT BC-12D

TAYLORCRAFT BC-12D

A picture of the Taylorcraft BC-12D

During World War II the Taylorcraft company built gliders and the L-2 observation aircraft for the Army Air Force.  As the war drew to a close, Taylorcraft turned back to the civil market with the BC-12D.  The BC-12D competed with the Piper Cub and other small aircraft in the 65-horsepower class.  The Taylorcraft tended to be faster than its competitors with speeds as much as fifteen or twenty miles an hour higher.  However, like all the light aircraft in this class, it suffers from a small, cramped cabin.  The BC-12D was introduced in 1945.  By 1946, over 4,000 had been built.  Unfortunately, the market for light aircraft crashed late in 1946 and the company was forced into bankruptcy. 

Wingspan 36 ft

Wingspan

Length 21 ft 10 in.

Length

Height 8 ft

Height

Weight 1,200 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 105 mph

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 14,500 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 375 miles

Range

Engines One Continental O-170-3 with 65 horsepower

Engine

Crew 2

Crew


Manufacturer
TAYLORCRAFT BC-12D

Markings
Gilpen & Greenway Airlines, Tucson, Arizona, 1946

Designation
BC-12D

Registration
BC-12D

Serial Number
7243

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