Wicks Selling B-10 and U-2 Airframe Kits

Wicks Aircraft has reached an agreement with Mitchell Wing to market complete airframe kits for the Mitchell B-10 and U-2 ultralight kits.

Don Mitchell, who spent considerable time experimenting with flying wings, built over 30 aircraft in a long, illustrious career that began in 1921 when he was a high school student. He spent much of his life pursuing the optimum sailplane. His designs have stimulated homebuilding projects around the world and have been popular in Europe.

For more information on the Mitchell flying wings, visit U.S. Pacific. For more on ordering, visit Wicks Aircraft.

KITPLANES Editor Mary Bernard began her career in aviation journalism in 1998 and has worked in publishing for more than 15 years.

3 Replies to “Wicks Selling B-10 and U-2 Airframe Kits”

  1. I have built 5 of these aircraft (A-10s) to help a friend of mine get his company off the ground before selling it. It is an epitome of what I would've designed as an ultralight/sports plane. We've tested the A-10 flight envelope severely to check out it's spin characteristics. It proved to be impossible to spin that day after several attempts to provoke a spin.

    As an aerospace engineer and electronic technician, I would be remiss in neglecting not letting a potential client know of these aircraft shortcomings. A caveat for potential buyers for the sake of safety. This is NOT a beginner's aircraft to learn to fly in. It is very pitch sensitive and requires care flying it. It's not suitable for cross country as my experience flying it requires dancing on the rudder frequently to keep the string straight on the screen. One of the reasons we installed the BRS parachute (we never used it) is that this particular airfoil that makes it ideal for flying wing platform has a deadly stall characteristic. If pushed to the ragged edge of the stall envelope, this airfoil has what it called a 'separation bubble'. That is a phenomenon where the airflow separates just behind the peak part of the wing and then rotate into a vortex. This in itself isn't bad as it helps keep the airflow attached to the wing. What makes it deadly is if a pilot unintentionally push the angle of attack (A.o.A.) beyond what the wing can support, the 'bubble' collapse and the sudden separation causes the aircraft to nose over violently. We lost a good trainer and friend when the prospective client failed to follow his instruction in the event this happens close to the ground. Not having to see how this happens first hand, I can only surmise conservatively that stall recovery would be possible above 4000 feet. In the hands of a skilled pilot with this aircraft that could be lower but, not advisable. The best thing to do in this aircraft is not to fly aggressively and respect it at all times.

    Now having said that, we've crashed the T-10 and it flipped over, both a friend of mine and another if my memory serves me right walked away uninjured. Another overshot the landing spot and sailed into a barbwire fence. He wasn't hurt either so I've seen first hand how the cage will protect the occupants effectively.

    This was 20 years ago when I was doing this kind of work. Now we have modern instruments that can give you slip indication and angle of attack for reasonable price these days to enhance safety. So, would I fly it? Of course! I've enjoyed my time in the T-10 and was hoping to fly solo later on. With a 16:1 glide ratio you can lose your engine 1000 feet and be able to glide 3 miles. If a client set it up for a good electric starter, you could shut the engine down and ride the thermals. The beauty of the all aluminum construction is that you don't have to worry about maintenance as often but corrosion inspection is required for safe flight.

  2. Dear friends,
    we fly Mitchell Wing b10 since more than 30 years. We now looking for Mitchell owners in France. Can yo help me?

    Thank yopu and Greetings from Frank

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