Mustang Aeronautics Mustang II

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Bushby Mustang II
Mustang II
Role Aerobatic sports plane
Manufacturer Mustang Aeronautics for Homebuilding
Designer Robert Bushby
First flight 9 July 1966
Produced 480 (2011)[1]
Unit cost
approximately $4200 to build in 1971[2]
A tri-gear Mustang II
Mustang II Retractable Gear
Bushby Mustang II landing

The Mustang Aeronautics Mustang II is a two-seat aerobatic sports airplane developed and marketed in the United States for homebuilding.[1][3]

Design and development[edit]

Robert Bushby acquired the rights to the Long Midget Mustang in 1959 and four years later began development of a two-seat, side-by-side version. This eventually flew in 1966 and plans were made available soon thereafter.[4] Rights to both the Midget Mustang and the Mustang II were sold to Mustang Aeronautics in 1992.

A single engine in tractor configuration airplane, the Mustang II features cantilever low-wing, two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear, or, optionally, tricycle landing gear.[3]

The aircraft is made from riveted sheet aluminum with a rounded turtle deck and flat sides and bottom skins.[5] Its 24.2 ft (7.4 m) span wing employs a NACA 64A212 airfoil at the wing root, transitioning to a NACA 64A210 at the wingtip. Standard engines used include the 150 to 160 hp (112 to 119 kW) Lycoming O-320, the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 and the fuel-injected 200 hp (149 kW) Lycoming IO-360 four-stroke powerplants.[3][6]


General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger (2 total)
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 2 in (7.37 m)
  • Height: 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
  • Wing area: 97 ft2 (9.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 927 lb (420 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320 air-cooled horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, 160 hp (120 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 230 mph (370 km/h)
  • Range: 430 miles (692 km)
  • Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)


  1. ^ a b Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 62. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ Leo J. Kohn (Winter 1971). "The true cost of building your own plane". Air Trails: 63. 
  3. ^ a b c Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 113. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. ^ Flying Magazine: 53. October 1966.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "What kind of airplane should you build". Air Progress Sport Aircraft: 41. Winter 1969. 
  6. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 225. 
  • Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987-88. London: Jane's Publishing Company. pp. 646–47. 
  • Manufacturer's website - Mustang II History

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