Manufacturer: George Evans
Operating Life: 1971
UAS Location: Hangar 1
Maximum Speed: 100mph
Cruise Speed: 75mph
Engines: VW Air-cooled engine 1.8L flat-four, 60hp
Service Ceiling: 57,200ft
Rate of Climb: 700ft/min
Length: 19ft 3"
Wing Span: 27ft
Empty Weight: 290Kg
Gross Weight: 472Kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 53 Litres
Donated by: the late George Adams
Image: MARK J. CAIRNS
Image: RAY BURROWS
Image: RAY BURROWS
The Evans VP-2 is a light aircraft designed by George Evans in the 1960s. The aircraft was intended to be an affordable and easy-to-build alternative to larger, more complex aircraft, offering pilots a simple and fun way to experience the joys of flight.
The Evans VP-2 was first introduced in 1969 and quickly gained popularity among amateur pilots and aviation enthusiasts around the world. Its simple, yet elegant design made it a popular choice for pilots looking for an affordable, easy-to-maintain aircraft that could provide hours of enjoyable flying.
The aircraft's lightweight construction and low-power engine made it an economical choice for pilots on a budget, while its unique shape and style made it stand out from other aircraft in its class.
One of the unique features of the Evan VP-2 is its ability to be built by amateur aircraft builders. The aircraft was designed to be easy to construct, with most of the components made from wood and covered in fabric.
This made it an affordable and accessible option for pilots who wanted to build their own aircraft. The aircraft's design and construction also made it highly customisable, with many pilots making modifications to suit their individual needs and preferences.
While the VP-2 was primarily designed as a recreational aircraft, it has also been used for a variety of other purposes. Some pilots have used it for aerial surveying, while others have used it for crop dusting and other agricultural purposes.
Its lightweight construction and low-power engine also made it an ideal platform for experimental and research purposes.
The Ulster Aviation Society's beautifully restored Evans VP-2, G-BEHX shows the aircraft's enduring popularity and contribution to aviation history.