Richard Freudenberger shares his experience flying a flexible-wing flying machine known as the ParaPlane for the first time.
I was strapped squarely in the seat of a unique flexible-wing flying machine—the ParaPlane—and just seconds away from taking off even though I'd never piloted any aircraft before.
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The 160-pound ParaPlane can be readily disassembled and carried in the trunk of a full- size car. With the power plant and drive package removed, the carriage can be folded up, the canopy bagged, and the propeller guards dismantled.
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Two 210cc, 2-cycle Solo engines drive the counter-rotating 51 inch propellers, which are mounted on concentric hubs. (This modified system uses expansion- hamber mufflers to boost power.) The tubular circumference guards also serve as a roll cage for added safety.