Sport Aviation

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA

South Side of Boeing Aviation Hangar Floor Plan

Sport aviation is personal flying for pleasure. Sport pilots fly gliders, sailplanes, hang gliders, ultralights, homebuilts, and other types of aircraft. At the turn of the 21st century, Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, and other companies were still mass-producing designs nearly a half-century old. By contrast, designers of homebuilt aircraft use the most advanced ideas in aerodynamics, propulsion, and structures. Compare the commerically built and homebuilt aircraft on view.

Highlights include:

  • Burt Rutan's VariEze
  • Monnett Moni
  • Bowlus 1-S-2100 Senior Albatross Falcon
  • Grob 102 Standard Astir III
  • Arlington Sisu 1A