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Jan312007

The Amazing Cri-Cri - world's smallest twin-engined aircraft

I saw this vid on YouTube so went to Wikipedia for the lowdown.

Cri-cri is a very light kitplane, recognized as the smallest twin-engined aircraft in the world.

Designed in the early 1970s by a French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban, the Cri-cri has a 16' wingspan and 12'10" length. It is obviously a single-seater, making an impression of a dwarf velomobile with wings at close range.

Cri-cri has superior aerobatic performance e.g. capable of 1 roll a second.

There are approximately 30 Cri-cri aircraft in airworthy condition in the U.S. and over 100 around the world as of 2003.

Cri-cri planes have often been modified by their builders resulting in improved performance. One Cri-cri was even equipped with jet engines - increasing the cruising speed from 115 mph to around 150 mph.

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