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The Lake LA-250 Renegade is a six-seat amphibious utility aircraft produced in the United States since 1982.
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Lake Renegade

Lake Renegade

Lake Renegade
Renegade, Seafury, Seawolf
Seawolf operated by NOAA
Role Utility amphibian
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lake Aircraft
First flight 1982
Developed from Lake Buccaneer

The Lake LA-250 Renegade is a six-seat amphibious utility aircraft produced in the United States since 1982.[1]

Design and development

The Renegade is a lengthened and more powerful version of the Lake Buccaneer, with which it shares its type certificate, and which it replaced in production.[2] In turn, it gave rise to a number of variants, including the militarised LA-250 Seawolf, the turbocharged LA-270 Turbo Renegade, and the LA-270 Seafury optimised for marine environments.[1][2] Like the Buccaneer, it is a conventional mid-wing design with retractable tricycle undercarriage and a single engine mounted pusher-fashion in a pod on a pylon above the fuselage.[3]

The Seawolf version was designed for light maritime patrol duties and features a hardpoint under each wing to carry external stores, including bombs, rocket pods, gun pods, or rescue equipment.[3] Provision for a radar unit was made on the forward end of the engine pod.[3][4] The Seafury includes improved anti-corrosion measures and a hardened interior to improve its servicability in saltwater environments, as well as a storage compartment carrying survival gear.[5]

Operational history

In 1988 Peter Foster and Robert Mann piloted a Turbo Lake Renagade to an altitude of 24,500 feet, setting a new world record for altitude and sustained flight at altitude for single-engine seaplanes.[6]


  • LA-250 Renegade - Buccaneer with 38-inch (97-cm) fuselage stretch, six seats, and Lycoming IO-540-C4B5 engine
    • LA-250 Seawolf - militarised Renegade with hardpoints and provision for radar
  • LA-270 Turbo Renegade - Renegade with Lycoming TIO-540-AA1AD engine uprated to 270 hp (200 kW)
    • LA-270 Seafury - Renegade for saltwater conditions

Specifications (LA-250)

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1984–85, 431 and The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage[7]

General characteristics
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: five passengers
  • Length: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
  • Wing area: 170 ft2 (15.8 m2)
  • Wing profile: NACA 4418 (root), NACA 4412 (tip)
  • Empty weight: 1,850 lb (839 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,050 lb (1,383 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540-C4B5, 250 hp (186 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 160 mph (258 km/h)
  • Range: 1,036 miles (1,668 km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,700 ft (4,480 m)
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)


  1. ^ a b Taylor 1989, 932
  2. ^ a b Simpson 1995, 226
  3. ^ a b c Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985–85, 432
  4. ^ Simpson 1995, 227
  5. ^ Simpson 1995, 228
  6. ^ Air Progress: 21. February 1989.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  • Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1984–85. London: Jane's Publishing. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 

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