LoPresti Fury

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LoPresti Fury sports plane (side view).jpg
Role Sports plane
Manufacturer LoPresti
Designer Roy LoPresti, Roger Hoh
First flight 1988
Number built 1

The LoPresti Fury is a prototype sports plane built in the United States in the late 1980s. It is a fast two-seat low wing tail dragger, based on the Globe Swift and made of sheet aluminum. The current engine is a Lycoming IO-360-A1B6, giving the Fury a max speed of 222 mph. The aircraft will carry two adults with up to 100 pounds of baggage and has a range of 1000 miles. Its home is in Vero Beach, FL.

Originally designed by Roy LoPresti while working at Piper, he eventually secured rights to the design following the bankruptcy of the company.

Operational history[edit]

The aircraft was displayed at Sun 'n Fun in 1989 as the SwiftFury Over 500 orders were placed for the aircraft prior to Piper's bankruptcy in 1991.[1]

Specifications (prototype, converted Swift)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 4 in (8.93 m)
  • Wing area: 139 ft2 (12.9 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,450 lb (660 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,300 lb (1,050 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360-A1B6, 200 hp (150 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 222 mph (355 km/h)
  • Range: 1,000 miles (1,600 km)
  • Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,350 ft/min (6.9 m/s)


  1. ^ "YIPPEE: Evolution Of A Thoroughbred". Plane and Pilot. October 2008.