Rutan VariViggen. Specifications. A photo.
Rutan VariViggen. Specifications. A photo.

Rutan VariViggen. Specifications. A photo.


Rutan VariViggen - single-engine light aircraft developed by the American aircraft manufacturer «Rutan Aircraft Factory» in 1972 year.


Rutan VariViggen photo


Start of work on the project a light aircraft was initiated in the year 1968, in this case, the American designer Burt Rutan chose a very unusual tactics, proposing the creation of an unusual design of the aircraft, having at the same time sufficiently high flight performance.

For the first time in the air Rutan VariViggen model aircraft rose in April 1972 years, at the same time as the project initially was exclusively experimental character, the aircraft underwent a small optimizing its design, then go into series production. American aircraft manufacturers Rutan VariViggen aircraft models manufactured both in already fully ready to flights condition, and as a kit for self-built aircraft, thus ensuring the future owners the opportunity to purchase personal aircraft at a very low price.

Due to its small size, the aircraft Rutan VariViggen has a high maneuverability, but can not because of the low strength of the structure operated as a sports aircraft.


Photo Rutan VariViggen


The chairs in the cockpit of the plane are located one after another. In this case, if the passenger is not available for transportation, the aircraft can be used to transport small loads, the mass of which, according to the aircraft specification, should not exceed 309 kilogram (taking into account the pilot's own weight). In addition, due to the presence of a twin control system, the aircraft of this model can also be operated as a training aircraft, however, due to a number of features in the design and flight-technical plans, the aircraft for these purposes was practically not used.

Over the entire period of production aircraft Rutan VariViggen model was built around 80 aircraft, of which 20 units were produced in an already assembled, and even 60 - was released as a set for self-assembly. According to official data, in the year 2014 32 aircraft of this model have been reported.


Aircraft Rutan VariViggen


Powerplant Rutan VariViggen aircraft consists of a piston aircraft engine capable to develop capacity in 160 hp, which in turn provides the aircraft a very high speed of flight -. About 275 km \ h, thus, the plane can travel distances of up to 645 kilometers . Basic aircraft Rutan VariViggen prototype power plant has a capacity of 150 hp and can accelerate to 265 km \ h.


Specifications Rutan VariViggen.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 1 people;
  • aircraft Length: 5,12 m .;
  • Wingspan: 5,78 m .;
  • Plane Height: 1,88 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 464 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 309 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 773 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 240 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 265 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 645 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3860 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-320 (depending on version);
  • Power: 150 hp (Depending on version).



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