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ABSTRACT:     A short article showing a photo, 3-view, and specs for the Douglas (Ford) powered Knight Twister. Mentions the Sky Kitten.
Payne Knight Twister
(From Air Trails, June or July 1938, Page 19)
Pilots who have flown the Twister "hands off" in bumpy air, say it is the most stable "little ship" ever built. This tiny single-seater is a single-bay biplane of unequal span which may be fitted with a variety of engines developing between 70 and 75 h.p. The manufacturers of the Twister claim unusual ruggedness and stability as well as economy and safety. They also produce the single-place Sky Kitten, a biplane powered with the Continental A-40 for home building. Both models have plywood-covered fuselages and wings.

The Bearcat engined version of the Knight Twister.
The Bearcat engined version of the Knight Twister.

Engine: Douglas
Span: upper 15'; lower 13'
Length: 13' 6"
Gr. Weight: 750 lbs.
Useful Load: 284 lbs.
Pay Load:  
Seating: 1
Max. Speed: 160 m.p.h
Cruis. Speed: 130 m.p.h.
Land. Speed: 45 m.p.h.
Climb: 1,125 ft./min.
Serv. Ceiling: 20,000 ft.
Cruis. Range: 550 mi.
A.T.C. : Pending
Manufacturer: Payne Aircraft Corp., Joliet, Ill.

The Bearcat engined version of the Knight Twister.
The Bearcat engined version of the Knight Twister.

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