The Murphy Yukon is expected to make its debut at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Developed by Darryl Murphy and Richard Hiscocks, the Yukon is the original concept design behind two of Murphy Aircraft’s popular high-wing tail-draggers – The Super Rebel and the Moose.
“We started this aircraft 10 years ago, but it grew into something else,” said Murphy, referring to the Murphy Moose, as he and his team worked towards the unveiling of the Yukon at next month’s show in Oshkosh. “This is an aircraft that will allow families and friends to leave for weekend fishing or camping expeditions – an ‘SUV of the skies,’ if you will.”
All-metal construction and rough-field suspension are just a few of the qualities that company officials hope will define the Yukon as one of the most-versatile homebuilt aircraft on the market today.
The Yukon has the same seats, cabin length, width and fuselage size as the Moose, yet it burns about half the fuel of the radial-powered version. The recommended 180-horsepower Lycoming O-360 or equivalent will give the Yukon plenty of power, company officials say. For those looking for even more speed, the Yukon 390X will use the 210-horsepower IO-390X.
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