Icaro Stratos

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Deltaplano ala rigida Stratos Museo scienza e tecnologia Milano 012.jpg
The Icaro Stratos at Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci", Milan
Role Hang glider
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Icaro 2000
Status Production completed
Unit cost
£5289 (2003)

The Icaro Stratos is an Italian high-wing, single-place, rigid-wing hang glider that was designed by Icaro 2000 in conjunction with A-I-R GmbH and Felix Ruhle and produced by Icaro 2000, of Sangiano, circa 2003.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Stratos was a collaborative project between A-I-R GmbH and Icaro 2000. Following the launch of this model both companies pursued their own directions on rigid wing design, although they continued to collaborate on parts manufacture.[1]

The aircraft is made from tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. The Stratos was built in two sizes to accommodate differing pilot weights, "L" and "M".[1]

Operational history[edit]

The Laminar was used to win the World Hang Gliding Championships in 2002 in Class 5, Rigid Wing.[1]

Angelo d'Arrigo flew a Stratos on the first flight over Mount Everest (8848 m), on 24 May 2004, setting an altitude record for hang gliders.[2]


Stratos L
Large sized model for heavier pilots. Its 13.25 m (43.5 ft) span wing has an aspect ratio of 11.9 and a wing area of 13.8 m2 (149 sq ft). Pilot hook-in weight range is 80 to 110 kg (176 to 243 lb). Certified as DHV Class 3.[1]
Stratos M
Small sized model for lighter pilots. Its 11.8 m (38.7 ft) span wing has an aspect ratio of 12.7 and a wing area of 11.8 m2 (127 sq ft). Pilot hook-in weight range is 60 to 90 kg (132 to 198 lb).[1]

Aircraft on display[edit]

Specifications (Stratos L)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 13.25 m (43 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 13.8 m2 (149 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 11.9:1


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 45. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b "Catalogo collezioni - Deltaplano ad ala rigidaStratos - museoscienza". museoscienza.org. Retrieved 5 May 2016.