Rutan VariEZE

Variviggen | Museum of Flying

Rutan VariEZE Burt Rutan began selling the plans to build his VariEze (‘very easy’) during summer 1976. Compared to nearly all other homebuilt designs, the VariEze was easier to build, yet it performed better, and cost much less, than the airplanes produced by Cessna, Beechcraft, or Piper. Propelled by a 100-horsepower engine, a VariEze, built […]

Rutan VariViggen

Variviggen | Museum of Flying

The Rutan VariViggen is an airplane designed by Burt Rutan. He named it after the Swedish fighter plane, the Saab 37 Viggen, which had partially inspired his design. The aircraft is a two-seat (tandem arrangement), wood and fiberglass canard utilizing a 150 hp Lycoming O-320 piston engine in pusher configuration. The prototype was designated Model […]

North American Navion

The North American Navion was a civil aircraft designed after WWII marketed to the pilots returning from the war. The Navion was a modern postwar design made to compete with the Cessna 195 and Beechcraft Bonanza. Most modern post war planes offered a metal fuselage with more space and comfort, a more powerful engine, and […]

North American F-86H

North American F-86H | Museum of Flying

The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. The Sabre is best known as America’s first swept wing fighter which could counter the similarly-winged Soviet MiG-15 in high speed dogfights. The F-86 was produced as both a fighter-interceptor and fighter-bomber. Although developed in the late 1940s and outdated […]

Monnett Monerai Sailplane – N450SP

Monnett Monerai | Museum of Flying

The Monnett Monerai is a sailplane that was developed in the United States in the late 1970s for homebuilding. It is a conventional pod-and-boom design with a V-tail and a mid-mounted cantilever wing of constant chord. The kit assembles in approximately 600 hours. It has bonded wing skins and incorporates 90° flaps for glide path control. The pod-and-boom fuselage consists […]

Lockheed Vega replica

Lockheed Vega replica | Museum of Flying

The Vega was a six-passenger monoplane built by the Lockheed Company starting in 1927. It became famous for its use by a number of record breaking pilots who were attracted to the rugged and very long-ranged design. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic single handed in one, and Wiley Post flew […]

Lockheed T-33 cockpit

The T-33 was the most widely used jet trainer in the world. A two-seat version of the USAF’s first jet fighter, the F-80 Shooting Star, the T-33 continues to serve in various armed forces today. The T-33 is a F-80 with a lengthened fuselage to make room for the second tandem seat. It entered service […]

Easy Riser

Easy Riser The Easy Riser was developed by Larry Mauro from the earlier Kiceniuk Icarus II biplane hang glider. An engine was installed by John Moody in 1975 so the glider could be launched from flat terrain. Early powered versions consisted simply of a motor added to the foot-launched hang glider version with control by […]

Douglas World Cruiser “New Orleans” #4

Douglas World Cruiser | Museum of Flying

Following WWI intrepid airmen everywhere looked at the globe and considered the possibility of circumnavigating the earth in an airplane. The war had shown them how valuable it could be to span vast distances in a short amount of time. Meanwhile in the small California coastal city of Santa Monica, the Douglas Aircraft Company had […]

Douglas DC-3 Monument

DC-3 finished | The Museum of Flying

The Douglas Commercial (DC) Line Prior to the introduction of the Douglas Commercial (DC) line of passenger airplanes, traveling by air was neither practical nor affordable. Fledgling airlines relied on government subsidies for the delivery of mail to stay in business. The cost of a passenger ticket was beyond the price range for most people. […]