Wicks Aircraft Selling Complete Mitchell B-10 and U-2 Airframe Kits
Mitchell U-2 (left) and B-10 ultralight.
Wicks Aircaft Supply of Highland, Illinois, has reached an agreement with Richard Avalon at U.S. Pacific, the home of Mitchell Wing, to market complete airframe kits for the B-10 and U-2 flying wing designs by Don Mitchell. Both are well established plans-built designs from the early 1980s known for their outstanding performance and soaring potential.
The Mitchell Wing began as a foot-launched rigid-wing hang glider in 1977. The wood and foam 3-axis cantilevered wing had a small side stick for conventional aircraft style control and was one of 30 aircraft designed and built by soaring enthusiast Don Mitchell. It easily outperformed the rogallo wings of the time, and George Worthington used it to set several world soaring records. By 1982 Don had designed a pilot cage and landing gear for a powered version that became the Mitchell B-10 ultralight. Hundreds of plan sets were sold and Mitchell B-10s are still in service in the ultralight community. The most common engine is a 22-hp Zenoah. Jon Jacobs used a fully enclosed B-10 powered by a ½ VW engine to set a world record for distance on limited fuel that still stands today. At least one B-10 has flown with a jet engine.
The Mitchell U-2 Superwing is a natural extension of the B-10. The all-wood U-2 has the same overall dimensions as the B-10 but with a faired pilot enclosure incorporated into the wing. The result is a lower profile, a 75-pound weight increase and a significant increase in top speed and performance. In 1983 Richard Rowley set a world altitude record of 25,300 in a Mitchell U-2. The U-2 Superwing is an amateur-built experimental aircraft. See an example of the U-2 flying in this video.
The B-10 and U-2 both have a wingspan of 34 feet and the wing area is 136 square feet. The improved cockpit and streamlining of the U-2 raises its glide ratio to a claimed 22:1 ratio. The top speed of the U-2 is 95 mph. Either model of the Mitchell Wing is a possible platform for electric power.
Learn more about the Mitchell wings at the U.S. Pacific website. There are two active Yahoo discussion groups for Mitchell wing enthusiasts. TheMitchellwing group is for all models including the all-metal Mitchell A-10, and the U-2 Wing group focuses on the U-2 and homebuilt B-10. Contact www.WicksAircraft.com for prices and details about their airframe kits.