The Cougar, designed by Bob Nesmith dates back to the
mid fifties. It shows an obvious influence by Steve Wittman’s Tailwind,
featuring wide short wings (20’ 6”) and a one-piece steel
tube landing gear. The design was modified by Leonard Eaves for an EAA
design contest in 1963, principally for the purpose of including folding
wings. The aircraft can be towed to and from the airport on its own landing
gear. With a redline speed of 195 mph, the Cougar maintains a brisk cruise
of 120 to 165 mph, depending on choice of engine which can range form
65 hp to 125 hp. Landing approach is done at 80 mph and touchdown is
around 70. The Cougar is an outstanding cross country machine that utilizes
traditional steel tube fuselage, Sitka wings and fabric covering. Hundreds
of copies of this versatile design have been completed. Cougar info packs
are available for $10.50 and plans for $125.00.
462, Hales Corners, WI 53130.