New Standard D-25

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New Standard D-25
New Standard D-25 (N9119).jpg
Role Joy-rider, Barnstormer, Crop-Sprayer, Mail Carrier
National origin USA
Manufacturer New Standard Aircraft Company
Designer Charles Healy Day
First flight 1929
Number built 45
Developed from Gates-Day GD-24

The New Standard D-25 was a 5-seat agricultural and joy-riding aircraft produced in the USA from 1928.


The D-25 was constructed from Duralumin angles channels and tees bolted and rivetted together for the fuselage and Spruce spars with bass wood and plywood built-up ribs, all fabric covered, the D series was quite distinctive in having sesquiplane wings with the upper wing, of much bigger span and chord, supported on tall cabane and interplane struts.

Operational use[edit]

Seating for four passengers was provided in the open front cockpit, described as "chummy", with the pilot in the single seat open rear cockpit. Variations in seating arrangement reflected the role of the different variants, the rugged structure gave the New Standard Ds a long-life, leading to the respectable number that survived the abuse of joy-riding, mail carrying and crop dusting for many years.

Two D-25As that had been confiscated from smugglers were acquired by the US Coast Guard in 1935, designated NT-2.[1]


1929 New Standard D-25 of Waldo Wright's Flying Service at Fantasy of Flight
  • Gates-Day GD-24 - precursor to New Standard D series 3 built.
  • New Standard D-24 - production version of GD-24 4 built + 2 converted from GD-24.
  • New Standard D-25 - 5-seat "joy-rider"
    • New Standard D-25A - 225 hp Wright J-6
    • New Standard D-25B - 300 hp Wright J-6 crop-duster produced by White Aircraft Co. 1940
    • New Standard D-25C - alternative designation of D-29S
    • New Standard D-25X - modified D-25 construction number 203.
    • New Standard NT-2 - 2 x D-25 impounded from whiskey smugglers, donated to US Coast Guard.
  • New Standard D-26 - 3-seat business/executive transport.
    • New Standard D-26A & D-26B - D-26 with 225 hp Wright J-6.
  • New Standard D-27 - single seat mail/cargo carrier
    • New Standard D-27A - D-27 with night flying equipment
  • New Standard D-28 - floatplane conversion of D-26
  • New Standard D-30 - floatplane modified D-25
  • New Standard D-25 - New production of modified D-25As


 United States

Specifications (D-25)[edit]

Data from Rhinebeck's Joyrider[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 4
  • Length: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
  • Wingspan: 45 ft 0 in (13.72 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
  • Wing area: 350 ft2 (32.5 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,010 lb (914 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,400 lb (1,550 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-5, 220 hp (160 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 110 mph (176 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 95 mph (153 km/h)
  • Range: 480[5] miles (773 km)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  • Juptner, Joseph P. (1964). U.S. Civil Aircraft Vol.2. Los Angeles: Aero Publishers. p. 25 to 32. 
  • Levy, Howard (August 1989). "Rhinebeck's Joyrider". Aeroplane Monthly. Vol. 17 no. 8. pp. 486–489. 
  • Swanborough, Gordon; Peter M. Bowers (1976). United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 (Second ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10054-9. 
  • "New Standard". Aerofiles. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 
  • "New Standard D-25". Holcomb's Aerodrome. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 

External links[edit]

Media related to New Standard D-25 at Wikimedia Commons