Status: On display
The Dawn of Ultralights
Homer Kolb, the designer, has created, built and flown what he refers to as ‘lighter-than-man’ aircraft since the mid-60s, before ultralights were fashionable or even known. It was Homer Kolb’s hobby and also what he enjoyed doing most – building the minimum airplane.
The Kolb Flyer is a full-three-Axis control ultralight. It has an aluminum and chrom-moly steel construction. The wings are covered with Dacron which is cemented on, ironed tight and given one or two coats of sealer. It has no ground steering and no brakes. The engines are mounted below wing driving pusher propellers.
The Kolb Flyer was named after the Wright Brothers’ aircraft. The prototype was built and flown in 1970. It was released for sale to the general public in 1980.
In all, Mr. Kolb designed and built nine airplanes that weighed less than 77 kg (170 lbs).
- Wingspan: 9.5 m (29”)
- Wing Area: 15 m (160 sq/ft)
- Length: 6.6 m (20′)
- Height: 1.29 m (4′ 3″)
- Weight: 57 kg (125 lbs) with strut-braced wings
- Engines: Two solo 209 Direct Drives (4,800 rpm)
- Cruise Speed: 64 km/h (40 mph)
- Max. Speed: 85 km/h (50 mph)