220kph from 50hp? Introducing the Vehees Delta…
By Mark Attwood | Uncategorized
What an aircraft.
Tiny. Delta wing. Wide cockpit. Loads of luggage space. 50hp engine. 220kph! Cheap as chips to run.
Brilliant design usually means a brilliant person somewhere, so after a bit of digging I found this description of Vehees Engineering on their website:
“Verhees Engineering is an engineering agency with remarkable specialisations such as aerodynamics. The agency was founded in 1990 by Bart Verhees (’63). As a mechanical engineer he had acquired rich and wide experience at many companies. Besides craftsmanship and reliability, creativity and pragmatism are also the main characteristics of Verhees Engineering. These are characteristics that have evolved over the years by developing and building many structures.
Verhees Engineering is used to working with limited budgets (and in homebuild aviation the budgets are always limited), but a technically responsible solution has to be found for every problem, that must also have the approval of the authorities.”
There’s a great description of this aircraft by commercial pilot Peter Kuypers here.