Kitfox Kit Plane

Having your own plane is often a hobby left to the wealthy, although it doesn’t always need to be. This plane, the Kitfox, can be ordered as a kit plane for under $20,000 USD and built in your garage.

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Aerochute – Powered Parachutes

aerochute

Powered parachutes are one of the safest ways of taking to the air, the parachute acts like a wing and provides lift but it also provides a huge safety benefit, if anything goes wrong you already have a deployed parachute overhead, so you just drift down to the ground.

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Aviat Eagle II Kit Plane

Aviat Eagle II Kit Plane

Kit planes have always held a certain fascination for me, the idea that a person can order a flat-pack kit on the internet, assemble it in their garage and then take to the skies like a modern day Howard Hughes is so cool it should probably be illegal.

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Sopwith Camel

This is the plane that was the Spitfire decades before the Spitfire first flew. The British designed and built Sopwith Camel was the most successful fighter plane of the First World War, it shot down 1,294 enemy aircraft with its twin, propeller synchronised machine guns.

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Major Robert White’s X-15 Space Flight

The X-15 Space Plane had a top speed of Mach 6.72 (4,520 mph, 7,274 km/h) a service ceiling of 67 mi (108 km, 354,330 ft) and a blistering climb rate of 60,000 ft/min (18,288 m/min), the space planes were fuelled with liquid oxygen propellant and hydrogen peroxide.

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Hawker Private Jet

$595,000 USD will buy you a modest suburban house in most parts of America. Well, it could buy you a modest suburban house. Or it could buy you your own private freaking jet. I don’t think it’s a particularly difficult choice, I mean the plane has seats that fold into beds and a kitchenette but the modest suburban house can’t fly. 1-0 to the private jet.

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