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I would like to see the graphical relationship between thrust required and airspeed for a typical general aviation aircraft, e.g. C-150 or C172 series.

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For horizontal flight, thrust required is the same as drag. Go to the specific graph referenced in this answer How close is the air resistance or drag force to be proportional to the speed squared?, and you'll have your answer, or close to it.

The specific graph referenced here is for "a conceptual two-seat light sport aircraft (LSA) designed to cruise between 80 and 100 kts". A Cessna 150 or 172 might need somewhat more power for the same cruise speed.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, but I was looking for a graph, much like a glider polar. $\endgroup$ – MarkW Feb 26 '20 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ That's what the figure I'm referencing is-- check it out. $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Feb 26 '20 at 17:35
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure someone will eventually provide a link to a similar graph for a more typical GA plane but it's a start-- $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Feb 26 '20 at 17:36
  • $\begingroup$ I couldn't locate a graph. Lots of good info though. Running out of time now, but will check in later. $\endgroup$ – MarkW Feb 26 '20 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ The graph is near the bottom of the linked webpage-- it's the third-to-last figure. $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Feb 26 '20 at 17:53

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