At only 220 pounds, this Ultralite aircraft can cruise at over 60mph with half an air-cooled VW engine.
VW Ultralite Spotted
This lightweight aircraft is powered by a VW engine, weighs only 220 pounds!
We spotted Dennis Brooks' Hummel "UltraCruiser" all metal Ultralite aircraft at the recent Volks-Weston show in Weston, Missouri, and had a chance to speak with the owner/builder. Yes, Dennis constructed this aircraft himself, and flies it as often as he can. With a 25-foot wingspan (detached in this photo) it can cruise at 60mph with its 1/2 of a VW engine that produces 37 horsepower, while sipping only 1-1/2 gallons of gas per hour.
The engine is half of a 1600 air-cooled, with cylinders # 1 and #3 removed. A magneto ignition driving off one end of the crankshaft and the propellor is bolted to the other. We also noticed that it runs a counterweighted VW crankshaft, some heavy-duty looking rods, and a deep sump. Check out that Scat stainless valve cover with the center section removed!
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