PERFORMANCE Aircraft has completed more than 50h of flight-testing of its Legend high-performance kitplane.

The all-composite tandem-seater has been designed primarily as a racing aircraft, and is modelled on the North American P-51 Mustang. Estimated performance includes a never-exceed speed of 435kt (800km/h). The prototype is powered by a 430kW (575hp) aluminum, liquid-cooled, Chevrolet Vee-8, but the 1,360kg-gross-weight aircraft is designed to accommodate engines of up to 750kW. The airframe is made of carbonfibre-reinforced plastic and the aircraft has rectracting tricycle landing-gear.

Source: Flight International