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D-MTMH Silence Aircraft SA180 Twister c/n 001 - '20' - Flugplatz Ganderkesee in Germany - 26 May 2018 more at Flugplatz Ganderkesee

The Silence Aircraft SA180 Twister is a high-tech single-seat low-wing monoplane with elliptical wings and tailplane. The Silence Twister started life as a world beating radio controlled aerobatic machine simply known as the Twister. It had been developed by Matthias and Thomas Strieker in Germany and was so successful that they decided to build a “real” version of the model: the Silence Twister. The Silence Twister is an ultralight designed by Silence Aircraft GmbH in Verl, Germany, for amateur construction, either from plans or kits. The design drew inspiration from the Supermarine Spitfire, and the shapes of the Twister's wings, fin and tailplane all recall the famous World War II fighter. The prototype s/n 001 D-MTMH was flown first on 30 September 2000. Designed to take engines up to 94 hp the prototype was fitted with a 53.6 hp single-rotor MidWest Wankel engine. This rotary motor was very compact and allowed a sleek engine cowling, but the engine was rejected and production aircraft use the 85 hp Jabiru 2200 or the 2.6-liter, 95 hp ULPower UL260iSA engines. The Twister has a honeycomb construction with carbon-Kevlar composite lining; either a fixed undercarriage or a retractable conventional landing gear with a fixed tailwheel; slotted flaps; an automatic variable-pitch prop and eliptical wings. The Silence Twister tank system is installed in the wing; this protects the pilot from leaking fuel in case of an emergency landing. The cockpit is padded monocoque for pilot protection. The maximum speed is an impressive 300 km/h with an maximum cruise speed of 280 km/h. The Silence Twister is wellknow from the British "Twister Aerobatics Team", formed in 2010. The ICAO aircraft type designator of the Twister is TWST.

On 26 May 2018, Silence Aircraft SA180 Twister D-MTMH was seen during AirFair 2018 at Ganderkesee airfield in Germany. This aircraft is the prototype Twister (s/n 001) and was presented at the AirFair 2018 by Silence Aircraft GmbH.

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