Ultralight Aircraft

December 15, 2003 – Permanent
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Cosmos Phase II

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

South Side of Boeing Aviation Hangar

See on Map Floor Plan

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