Mustang Aeronautics - Home of the Midget Mustang and Mustang II Experimental Aircraft!
Mustang Aeronautics - Home of The Midget Mustang and Mustang II
In 1948 Dave Long, chief engineer with Piper Aircraft at the time, designed and built an all metal racer which he called the Midget Mustang. The public debut of the aircraft was at the 1948 Cleveland National Air Races. The closed course midget racers had a minimum weight of 500 lbs., minimum wing area of 66 sq. ft., fixed gear, at least a 6G structure, and the powerplants were limited to stock 190 cubic inch engines.
The prototype Midget Mustang #67 was close in the competition, taking 2nd in the elimination heat. Engine problems caused Dave Long to drop out of the finals however. He went on to build a prototype production aircraft and had made an arrangement with Schweizer Aircraft to produce the design before his untimely death in 1950. The Midget Mustang is well known for its air racing legacy during the late '40s and early '50s.
In 1959 Robert Bushby purchased the rights to the design along with the tooling, formblocks, etc.. Some of these formblocks are still being used for the M-I bulkheads today. Bob began to sell prints for the M-I and as the demand for the aircraft increased material kits were offered for sale as well. Over the years the kits have expanded and improved so that today a complete kit can be finished in less than 1000 hours.
Very few major changes have been made to the Midget Mustang and it still retains it's original racing appearance. One option that has been added is the bubble canopy design. By lowering the turtledeck and installing a full sliding bubble canopy the little airplane has more of a military style appearance. Other modifications by builders include larger engines, full IFR panels, and additional fuel capacity. We have changed the control system to use pushrods for the ailerons and elevator. The Mustang II aileron is now used as well with a piano hinge attached to the top skin.
Please visit Mustang Aeronautics for more indepth information on their Midget Mustang and the Mustang II. There you will find aircraft performance information, specifications, kit information and a price list. There is also a very useful FAQ which should answer all your questions.
Also known as the Long Midget, the Midget Mustang is perhaps the most admired and enduring homebuilt design ever. Even though it was designed over 50 years ago it is still much in demand because of its good looks, good handling characteristics, and fighter like performance.
Designed by Piper chief engineer David Long as a Goodyear Midget Racer it was intended to go into production as a post WWII sport plane. The market never developed but because of the plane's good looks and great flying qualities it has been very popular with homebuilders. There have been 4 Midget Mustang Oshkosh EAA Grand Champions.
The Midget Mustang's 9-G ultimate structural strength and low power loading give a true high performance fully aerobatic sport plane that can also be used for cross country flying. With a 100hp Continental it will have a top speed close to 200mph and can cruise over 175mph burning only 6gal/hr. The cabin size will accommodate persons over 6ft tall. The new M-IA bubble canopy creates room for pilots as tall as 6'4". A baggage compartment behind the seat will hold up to 30lbs.
Maximum engine size is 160hp but at such a low power loading we suggest this engine for experienced high performance taildragger pilots only. The O-200 Continental is the most popular power plant and it is more than enough for spectacular performance.
The Mustang II is a high performance side by side seating aircraft designed for both sport and cross country flying. It is unmatched in speed for the dollar and ease of construction. It features a tapered wing, helping to make it a solid cross country airplane capable of high and long IFR flights. A laminar flow airfoil helps to give the Mustang a cruising speed of 215mph on 180hp. Our 160hp prototype makes the trip from Detroit, MI to Tampa, FL in a little over 5 hours burning about 40 gallons of gas. Day trips within a 400 mile radius are easy.
Due to aerodynamic as well as geometric washout in the wing, the Mustang has very good stall characteristics. At gross weight the wing loading is 16.5 lb/ft^2, high enough for a good ride but still allowing for a stall speed of 58mph in the landing configuration. The Mustang II has an excellent stall/spin safety record and compares quite favorably to other homebuilt as well as factory built designs. Most new Mustang flyers have less than 300 hours total time. Transitioning into a Mustang II can be compared to stepping up to a Cessna 182 Skylane. With fixed landing gear it has very good short field capabilities operating off of sod strips as short as 1600 feet with a large safety margin.
The average final cost to build a Mustang II from the standard kits is between $45k and $55k. The kits that we are producing today allow typical builders to complete the airplane in 2-4 years part time work depending on the kit options and individual work habits. Quick build options such as the completed wings help to get builders in the air faster and help ensure the best performance possible.
For those who wish to fill their instrument panels with all of the latest electronics there is room for full IFR instrumentation. Mustang II's have logged thousands of IFR hours. The Mustang is not only a capable cross country airplane but a comfortable airplane. The cockpit is about 39 inches wide, the same as a Cessna Skyhawk. Headroom is not a problem with our sliding bubble canopy. It can be custom fit for the tallest of pilots. Most builders now use the larger T-18 style canopy for more headroom on the sides.
The baggage compartment located behind the seats will hold up to 80lbs. There is space in the tailcone for additional storage if careful attention is given to the center of gravity.
At 1350 pounds gross the design is fully aerobatic to +6/-4.5 G's. Ultimate strength is 9 G's and it has a roll rate of over 180 degrees per second. It's controls are light and responsive making it a good "sport" aerobatic airplane with proper training. The rugged airframe is well proven over its 41 year history with an excellent safety record. We are very proud of the design's strength and reliability.
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