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Mystery Plane

By By Anthony J. Liberatore, EAA 99484, aliberatore@comcast.net


This month’s unique Mystery Plane is the two-place Cygnet, a side-by-side, plans-built experimental that qualifies to be flown by a sport pilot. Designed around VW engine conversions, the plane utilizes a strut-braced wood wing of geodetic construction with a NACA 3414 airfoil. One unusual feature of the Cygnet is the shoulder-mounted slightly forward sweep wing which also employs Frise ailerons. To enter the cockpit of this steel-tube, fabric-covered fuselage, you must open one side of the hatch-type windshield. Getting in the cockpit takes some forthought, but once seated, you’ll note that two full-sized adults fit rather comfortably in this dual-stick-controlled craft. Another design feature of this taildragger is its use of bungee cords under the seats to reduce parasite drag much like a Taylorcraft. If you look at the advertised specifications below, you’ll notice that the Cygnet potentially could be flown by a sport pilot.


Horsepower:60-80 (1835cc VW - 2180cc VW)
Fuel capacity: 15 gallons
Range: 384 miles
Cruise: 108 mph
Stall: 48 mph
Climb: 580 feet/minute
Takeoff distance: 700 feet
Landing distance: 700 feet
Gross weight: 1,100 pounds
Empty weight: 585 pounds
Useful load: 515 pounds
Wingspan: 30 feet
Length: 19 feet
Height: 5.81 feet



Blueprints for this plans-only design are currently available from:

Viking Aircraft
P.O. Box 646
Elkhorn,WI 53121
Phone: 262-949-3247

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