Marquart MA-5 Charger

Marquart MA-5 Charger
Marquart MA-5 Charger
Grand champion plans-built aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2009
Role Homebuilt aircraft
National origin United States of America
Designer Ed Marquart
First flight October 1970
Developed from Marquart MA-4

The Marquart MA-5 Charger is a homebuilt two place biplane.


Design and development

The MA-5 Charger was developed by Ed Marquart at Flabob Airport. It is an all-new design based around Marquart's single place homebuilt biplane, the MA-4. The aircraft was designed to perform mild aerobatics. Marquart sold plans for scratch building the aircraft, no kits were manufactured.[1]

The aircraft uses a welded steel tube fuselage with doped aircraft fabric covering. The wings use wooden spars and ribs. The biplane uses conventional landing gear and two tandem open cockpits.

The first prototype took seven years to build.

Operational history

In 1991, builder and pilot Dave Davidson became the oldest pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic in his Marquart Charger at the age of 70. The aircraft was retrofitted with two drop-tanks mounted between the landing gear. [2]

In 2009, a Marquart Challenger won Grand Champion Plans-built Aircraft at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[3]

Specifications (Marquart MA-5 Charger)

Data from Plane and Pilot

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Wing area: 170 sq ft (16 m2)
  • Gross weight: 1,600 lb (726 kg)


  • Wing loading: 9.4 lb/sq ft (46 kg/m²)


  1. ^ Private Pilot. August 1973. 
  2. ^ Flying Magazine. November 1991. 
  3. ^ "Gilmore Marquart Charger". Retrieved 12 August 2011. 

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