TNCA 3-E-130 Tololoche

1924

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TNCA 3-E-130 Tololoche

Following the appointment of Ing Angel Lascurain y Osio as director of the TNCA in 1920, several original designs were developed by this organisation, including, in 1924, a single-seat fighter for the air component of the Mexican Army. Known as the 3-E-130 Tololoche (a colloquial name for a type of guitar) and designed by Antonio Zea, this was a parasol monoplane of wooden monocoque construction powered by a 160hp Le Rhone rotary air-cooled engine. Apart from the engine, all elements of the Tololoche were of Mexican origin, the structure being primarily of spruce with three-ply veneer skinning. A batch of four fighters of this type was built.

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TNCA 3-E-130 TololocheA three-view drawing (1657 x 1170)

Specification 
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight860 kg1896 lb
  Empty weight670 kg1477 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wing area16.0 m2172.22 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed225 km/h140 mph

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Oscar F Ramirez Alvarado, e-mail, 26.05.2013 13:36

Hi all… The "Tololoche chico " was indeed a magnificent design of Angel de Lascurain y Osio, first flown in march 1923, was praised by the test pilot Joe Ben Livre, whom he said: "This is the first machine of so admirable conditions that I've flown in The Mexican Republic". At first was equipped with Le Rhone 80 c.f. engine and later with 160 HP Gnome; was also fitted with a synchronized machine gun. The construction of more machines stopped because Ralp O'Neill (North American technical adviser of president and chief of instructors, believed that monoplanes were dangerous and of no use in military aviation). For more information Please visit: smeal.com.mx /articulos /articulo.php?id=7 or mexicanaviationhistory.com /inicio.php

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Terry McElree, e-mail, 21.08.2012 14:56

I too would like to model this airplane. Interested in any 3 views, photos, documentation, etc.

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dasanbi, 18.06.2011 11:07

You know, this is a VERY aerodynamically clean aircraft! At least for the day. A single center wing strut, no bracing wires I can see... very nice!

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Ray Fernandez, e-mail, 21.04.2011 04:34

I would like to know if anyone has a three view drawing of
the TNCA 3-E-130. I have drawn some drawings of it but I
had to guess on some of the details. I want to make a
1 /48 scale model.

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Diego Dana, e-mail, 27.11.2010 15:07

Do you know the name of the Mexican Pilot that may have flown this aircraft under a famous arch in Mexico City and also escorted Lindberg while he visited Mexico?

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Pappy, e-mail, 07.10.2010 02:30

So this would make it accross the river to Texas without getting your feet wet. How cool was that??

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DebtMan, e-mail, 01.10.2010 07:28

Hey!!!.I´am mexican.¿The E-130 was participed in WWII as scout plane?

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Aero-Fox, 09.09.2009 05:17

You know, this is a VERY aerodynamically clean aircraft! At least for the day. A single center wing strut, no bracing wires I can see... very nice!

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Diego Dana, e-mail, 09.06.2008 19:53

Do you know the name of the Mexican Pilot that may have flown this aircraft under a famous arch in Mexico City and also escorted Lindberg while he visited Mexico?

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Dagoberto G Flores-Lozano, e-mail, 15.08.2007 06:21

It is a pity that the Mexican Government, at the request of the European & American (USA) Powers. There were excellent designers at that time in Mexico. Funny thing that now Mexican Aviation Industry might reflourish under the shadow of the Canadianas of Bombardier.

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