Carlson Aircraft

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Carlson Aircraft
Private company
FounderErnst W. Carlson
Key people
CEO: Ernst W. Carlson
ProductsAircraft components
formerly Aircraft kits

Carlson Aircraft is an American aircraft design and manufacturing company based in East Palestine, Ohio.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Ernst W. Carlson founded Carlson Aircraft to market his Carlson Sparrow ultralight aircraft designs as aircraft kits. He later added the Criquet, a 75% scale replica of the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Second World War liaison aircraft and the Carlson Skycycle, a replica of the A. Hanford Eckman designed Piper PA-8 Skycycle of 1945. In the late 2000s Carlson sold the Sparrow line to Skyline Technologies' of Salem, Ohio, but that company no longer produces the Sparrow series. Today Carlson Aircraft produces wings, wing components and fuel tanks.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Summary of aircraft built by Carlson Aircraft
Model name First flight Number built (as of date) Type
Sparrow UL 100 (2001) High wing, single seat ultralight aircraft
Sparrow II 60 (2004) Two seat side-by-side seating, high wing, homebuilt aircraft development of the single seat Sparrow UL
Sparrow Sport Special 37 (2007) Single seat, high wing, US homebuilt
Sparrow II XTC 34 (2007) Two seat side-by-side seating with dual controls
Criquet 1999 1 (2010) High-wing, two seat, Fieseler Fi 156 Storch replica
Skycycle 1995 1 (2010) Low wing, single seat Piper PA-8 replica


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  3. ^ a b Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, pages 138-139. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
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  8. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 72. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  9. ^ a b Carlson Aircraft (2010). "Carlson Aircraft Inc". Retrieved 18 January 2011.

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