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Ultralight Aircraft

Ultralight Aircraft

December 15, 2003 – Permanent

Museum: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

Location: South Side of Boeing Aviation Hangar

When British and French gliding enthusiasts tested gliders propelled by small engines in 1922, they created a new type of low-cost "ultralight" airplane. But the idea didn't get off the ground until 1975, when John K. Moody installed a 12½-horsepower engine on his Icarus II hang glider. The ultralights on view reveal the practical applications of this vehicle.

Highlights include:

  • Cosmos Phase II
  • Ultralight Lazair SS EC
  • American Aerolights Double Eagle

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