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All designs for W. S. Evans’ Volksplane gave way to simplicity. Evans was convinced that the reason more people didn’t build airplanes was not because of the aircraft’s lack of utility but because the job was considered too complex. With this in mind, the Volksplane became one of the simplest aircraft to build for novice homebuilders.

After two years of spare time designing and one year of spare time building, Evans had the Volksplane up and running. Research from existing homebuilts resulted in an open cockpit, strut braced, low wing monoplane having both a full flying horizontal and vertical tail and a one piece bent up aluminum landing gear. The VP-1 was powered by a modified 1500 cc Volkswagen engine turning a Hegy prop.

Walt Mooney ran the test flight for the VP-1 and found the initial construction to be quite adequate. The only major design change was the skids initially installed on the airplane were removed and brakes and a steerable tail wheel were added. The Volksplane flew like a Cub except for a higher power-off sink rate common to all small span aircraft. Hands-off stability had been achieved with a long tail arm and large tail surfaces. Turns could be made with ailerons alone due to the large vertical tail. Though the Volksplane had a very open cockpit, it experienced absolutely no tail buffeting in initial tests.

Evans’ Volksplane was the prototype for the VP-1 from which he developed a complete set of plans. The VP-1 proved to be one of the most popular homebuilt designs of its time, with hundreds of airplanes constructed from Evans’ plans.

Evans received a gratifying response to the VP-1 design throughout the world and an unrelenting request for the same ultra-simple approach in a two-seater. Since the VP-1 design was so successful from its first flight, Evans was able to adapt the design to a two seat aircraft, named the VP-2, with very minimal modifications.

Evans donated his prototype VP-1 to EAA in the fall of 1972.

Evans VP-1 Volksplane Evans VP-1 Volksplane

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