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IAF Aircraft Inventory: Temco Buckaroo TE-1A

The Temco Buckaroo was designed in the late 1940s as an extremely low-cost trainer for commercial and export markets. Temco's failure to secure a USAF order for the Backaroo forced it to turn to foreign governments to keep the production lines going, yet only a few export orders materialized. Production of the type did not top 20 examples, at least 10 of which went to Saudi Arabia.

Israel bought a single Buckaroo in 1948. In 1950 the aircraft was evaluated along with the Fokker Instructor and the de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk for possible use as a trainer with the IAF flight school. Losing the competion, the single Buckaroo was retired sometime in late 1950 or early 1951.

Specification: Temco Buckaroo TE-1B
Type: two seat training monoplane.
Powerplant: one Continental C145-2H.
Performance: max speed - 255 km/h, range - 750km.
Weights: empty - 590kg, max takeoff - 835kg.
Dimensions: span - 8.89m, legth - 6.60m, height - 1.87m.
Armament: none.

Sources: IAF Inventory