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The Hawker Beechcraft Teams Up with Matthew Palmer

By: Katie Cordrey - Published:   Updated: Jul 21 2011 • References: hawkerbeechcraft & thedesignblog.org
The “Light Sport Aircraft” design by Matthew Palmer, backed by Hawker Beechcraft of Wichita, Kansas, is a two-passenger aircraft concept design for personal air transportation.

Sports cars of the 1970s and early 1980s are the inspiration behind the canard-style airplane with a fuel-efficient drag-reducing wing configuration. The front wings of this Hawker Beechcraft creation serve double duty as they are integrated with a retractable step for entry and exit from the aircraft.

Implications - It's hard for me to look at something like the "Light Sport Aircraft" and not immediately connect it with Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Yes, it's corny, yes, it's cliched, but nothing in the sky is as cool as that movie, and it's clear that the "Light Sport Aircraft" is tinged with its influence.

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