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Ultracraft Calypso

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OO-B59 Ultracraft Calypso 1b c/n 001 - ULM-airfield Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany - 5 September 2004 more at Flugplatz Dankern

The Ultracraft Calypso is a Belgian designed and built really low-cost homebuilt microlight aeroplane. The first airframe of the Calypso, designed by Erik Reynders, was a one-seat ULM which flew first in October 1994. Construction of about 24 airframes of the Calypso in monoplace or biplace configuration started over the years, of which 14 were ready to fly in 2004. The homebuilt kits of the Calypso are produced by Ultracraft in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. The homebuilt kit delivered to a customer includes a completed airframe, constructed out of welded chromemolybdenum steel tubes. This steel alloy makes the frame lighter than steels and absorb the shocks better; for the construction of the cockpit frame aluminium is used as, this is sore light and well more stiffly than chrome molybdenum steel and will thus less shocks absorb. Next to the steel alloy and aluminium used for the airframe and cockpit: composites as well as wood are used in and for the construction of the aircraft and its wings. As power-unit for the Calypso the homebuilder can choose out of a wide range of engines, including the 2-stroke Rotax 582 and the 4-stroke Rotax 912 engine. The wings of the Calypso can be folded, which reduces the needed parking space in the hangar.

The prototype of the Ultracraft Calypso was registered OO-B59 on 3 February 1994. The aircraft flew first in October 1994. Calypso 1b OO-B59 is powered by a Citroen Visa 850cc engine. On 5 September 2004, Ultracraft Calypso 1b OO-B59 was photograped at Ultraleicht Flugplatz Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany.

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