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Evans VP-1 Volksplane
Evans VP-1 Volksplane - N769VP - Amateur Built Aircraft
1998 Evans VP-1 Volksplane
N769VP (sn V-591DB)
Photo taken at the Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In 2007 - Arlington Airport, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The Evans VP-1 Volksplane is an American designed aircraft for amateur construction designed by aeronautical engineer William Evans of La Jolla, California.

Design and development

The VP-1 was an all-wood, strut-braced open-cockpit single-seat aircraft designed for amateur construction. Designed to be simple to build and safe to fly, performance and appearance were of secondary importance. The Volksplane first flew in 1968. The mainplane panels were designed to be detachable to allow the aircraft to transported by road.

The VP-1 was designed specifically to utilize a modified VW Type 1 automotive engine from the VW Beetle. The fuselage is built in a warren truss arrangement where the exterior plywood takes the diagonal stress loads, therefore eliminating the diagonal members to maintain simplicity. The vertical and upright members are staggered to keep the joints as simple as possible. The wing is of a forward and aft blank spar design which uses stack-cut plywood ribs of equal size in order to keep construction time down. The ailerons are hinged directly behind the aft spar. For simplicity no flaps are provided. The wings and tail surfaces are fabric covered.

The design was developed into a two-seat version, the Evans VP-2, with an enlarged cockpit.


  • Evans VP-1
    Single-seat homebuilt
  • Evans VP-2
    Two-seat homebuilt

Specifications (Evans VP-1 Volksplane)

General characteristics
Crew: one
Length: 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)
Wingspan: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
Height: ()
Wing area: 100 ft² (9.29 m²)
Airfoil: NACA 2412
Empty weight: 440 lb (200 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 750 lb (340 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Volkswagen, (1300 cc)

Maximum speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)
Range: 200 nm (322 km)
Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3048 m)
Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.05 m/s)

Last updated September 05, 2010
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