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Call Air Museum
The museum is co-located with the Afton Civic Center at 150 South Washington in Afton. Museum hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and by special appointment. (GPS: 42.731402N 110.933719W)
A most unusual view of a high-performance ag-plane! The Call Air B1-1A crop duster began production in 1965. A total of 35 planes were produced. It was powered by a Pratt & Whitney 450 hp radial engine. With a service of 18,000 ft, a cruising range of 350 miles and a cruising speed of 115 mph at 75% power and 3,000 lbs gross weight, this was "one of the tough birds".
Pound for pound and power to weight, this B-1A is the top bird in its class. It was a very forgiving plane and presented no transition problems for pilots moving up.
Afton production line for the Call Air A-5 and A-6 aircraft. Approximately 200 of these planes were manufactured between 1954 and 1960.
Two models of this aircraft, the 150 A-5 and 180 A-6 were produced. A rather unique design placed the hopper and pilot side by side in the open-air fuselage. The later model boasted a 180 hp Lycoming, an empty weight of 1170 pounds and a useful load of 1180 pounds. Loaded at 2,150 pounds, the take-off run was 550 feet.
A photomural looking South at the Afton Call Air aircraft plant. Here can be seen a number of Call Air A-6 ag-planes awaiting delivery to new customers around the world.
The Call Air A-3 was powered by a 6 cylinder, 125 hp, Continental engine. Forty of these cabin planes were manufactured between 1944 and 1954. The price in 1952 was $5,525.
The empty weight was 1000 pounds with a useful load of 550 pounds. Crusing speed was 120 mph and the stalling speed was 42 mph. Climb rate at sea level was 1,000 feet per minute and the useable ceiling was 17,500 feet.
At the time the Call Air Snowcar was built, there was a need for a vehicle to transport people quickly over the snow. The Snowcar provided a practical solution for snow bound regions. Using aircraft-type construction, the Snowcar was strong and light in weight (450-550 pounds empty). The enclosed cab alowed two passengers to ride comfortably; howevver, it was possible to squeeze three people inside, if necessary.
The Snowcar utilized 65 to 85 hp Continental aircooled engines. With the larger 85 hp engine, options like a starter and generator were offered. The Snowcar utilized aircraft steel tub construction, but the skiis and springs were made from duraluminum. Fuel capacity was 20 gallons. Also offered was a special trailer for carrying the Snowcar on roads and highways.
The Snowcar proved itself over and over again throughout the rugged winters of Star Valley, Jackson Hole and the Green River Lakes country.