metal construction, choice of tricycle or conventional gear, power up
to 180 hp. and the ability to mount floats makes the Murphy Elite a
versatile, affordable two-place aircraft.
The Elite is a Rebel, originally redesigned for
the use of tricycle gear. It is now also available with
conventional gear. The redesign required
a strengthened, heavier fuselage to handle the gear loads. Other design features include a
new cantilevered stabilizer, one-piece elevator, all-metal control
surfaces, split flaps, and heavier, beefed-up wing attach points and leading
edges. All of these changes give the Elite an 1800-lb. gross weight, partially compensating for the heavier empty weight, plus
the ability to accommodate engines up to 180 hp.