The Oregon Air and Space Museum in Eugene, Oregon, occupies two hangers displaying various aircraft and telling the history of aviation. One hanger is filled with experimental aircraft, including kit-built and home-built aircraft, as well as full-sized replicas and smaller scale replicas of classic aircraft. Shown below are photos of some of the kit-built and home-built airplanes which are on display.
The AD-100 series of very light sport aircraft were designed by Chinese professors Qian Shi Sheng and Hang Liang-Xing. The AD-100s were designed for easy takedown, transport via trailer, and reassemble. The aircraft were built by the Xiamen Light Aircraft Company in Xiamen, China.
The BD-5J: The World’s Smallest Jet
Taylor 2100 Bullet
Moulton Taylor of Longview, Washington, began designing innovative aircraft in the 1940s. Together with Jerry Holcomb he designed the Bullet 2100 with a speed of 150 mph as a goal. This aircraft is made from paper: heavy Kraft paper with fiberglass and polyester resin applied to it. It is powered by a modified Volkswagen engine and only has a speed of 120 mph.
Rutan Quickie One
Designed by Burt Rutan and Tom Jewett, the Quickie is a tandem wing aircraft designed in 1977. The goal was to create a homebuilt aircraft that could be completed by the average buyer in about two weekends: hence the name “Quickie.” Over 3,000 kits have been produced and sold.
Shown above is the Triumph motorcycle engine which powers the helicopter.
This single seat, strut braced parasol wing monoplane was designed by Wilbur Smith of Bloomington, Illinois in 1953 for first-time homebuilders. The plans originally sold for $15 and several hundred Termites were built.
The Breezy was designed by Charles B. Roloff as a home-built high wing parasol pusher. According to oral tradition, the aircraft landed in a meadow at a nudist camp and then took one of the women for a short flight wearing only a helmet. When asked about the ride, she is reported to have said: “It was a little breezy.”
Striplin Lone Ranger:
This aircraft was designed by Kenneth Striplin of the Striplin Aircraft Corporation.
Mitchell B-10 Flying Wing:
Designed by Don Mitchell, of Mitchell Aircraft Corporation, Porterville, California, the B-10 was originally a hang glider. An engine, a pilot’s cage, and a tricycle landing gear were added. In the mid-1980s, the plans sold for $125. Most builders took 400 to 500 hours to build the aircraft.