Early in 1927 Jack W. Rose designed the aircraft that would become known as the Rose Parakeet. He had in mind a very small light sports plane; a one of a kind ship for his own use. There was no intention or thought about certification or producing this plane in an quantity. The first prototype was completed in 1931 was first flown with a Henderson four cylinder air cooled engine. Rose flew all of the flights and found that the Henderson was not so reliable and replaced it with a Continental A-40 engine. He found that the differences in the flight characteristics improved greatly from the engine change that Rose considered producing more of his aircraft. In 1935 a certified type certificate group 2 approval was issued for the Parakeet with a Continental A-40 engine. S/N 102 was sold to an engine company for them do tests with their new engine meanwhile S/N 103,104,and 105 were built and went to CA.

Ron Kendall contacted Rose wanting to purchase a special aircraft, a Rose Parakeet with a Continental A-65 engine, but the original type certificate did not include this engine. Kendall backed out of the deal and Rose was left holding the bag and the aircraft did not gets a Standard Type Certificate with the A-65 engine in it until November of 1964. With the small number built the airplane went on to be owned by air show pilots were they did aerobatic demonstrations. It is known that 11 parakeets were manufactured, 7 before World War II and four after, with five being built by Rhinehart making a total of 16. This Rose parakeet was started back in the early 1980’s from plans by a gentleman in Yelm, WA. The airplane was later purchased in an unfinished state by the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum and completed over a year and a half period 2005-2006.


Parakeet A4c S/N 518
Engine: Continental 0-200-A
Empty Weight: 610 lbs
GrossWeight: 860 lbs
Max Speed: 135mph
Cruise: 120mph
Stall: 40 mph


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