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Croses Airplume

 



The Croses Airplume ("lousefeather") is an ULM evolution of the famous Flying Flea designed by Yves Croses. This is a tandem 2 seat machine originally sold in kit. The  Airplume first flew in the years 1960's and the Airplume was developed in 3 different version (EC-1 to the EC-3).

 


Specifications (typical EC-3)

General

characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 4.70 m (15 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 110 kg (243 lb)
  • Gross weight: 220 kg (485 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 70 km/h (44 mph)



The one currently in Gembloux is an unidentified one (no construction nr found). The fuselage is in fiberglass and the wings are classically linen covered. The Croses was abandoned since many years in Liernu and transferred to BAPA in February 2014. The airframe is complete, the only missing part is the ignition key. One of the tire need to be repaired. No further restoration is currently planned.

(Sources Wikipedia & http://www.croses.fr)

Update April and May 2014 : 

We repaired the flat tire and the airframe is now cleaned.

The propeller is reinstalled and corrosion points were treated.

The cockpit transparencies are ready to be reinstalled (cleaned and missing bolts and nuts ready).

We protected the engine for corrosion.

We had a contact with Michel Jacquet who completed the airplume in 2004 in Villeneuse sur Lot. Mr Jacquet provided us with some pictures of the Croses in 2004 (see also his site at 

http://lepouduciel.jimdo.com/mes-constructions/

See below the file of this aircraft or click here

The Croses fuselage is now on display on the 1st Floor

The picture album has been updated (see below)

Picture Album





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Yves Duwelz,
Jul 1, 2014, 4:36 PM
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