SubSonex Jet Makes First Flight

The SubSonex jet aircraft prototype, JSX-1, made its maiden flight on August 10th at Wittman Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Piloted by Bob Carlton, the flight lasted approximately 14 minutes and focused on low-end speed, including stalls and low approaches in the landing configuration, Sonex said. Carlton, whose experience pioneering light jet aircraft made him a natural choice, said after the flight, "It was great–flies like an airplane. The faster I went, the better it felt." Carlton is known for his airshow performances with the Super Salto jet airplane, and he is the developer of the Bonus Jet two-seat glider.

"It's an exciting day for Sonex," said SubSonex designer and Sonex Aircraft LLC President John Monnett. "We have a test flight plan to expand the envelope of the aircraft, and we'll see where the project takes us from here."

For more information, visit Sonex Aircraft's web site.

Abby Ventzke is Associate Editor of KITPLANES magazine.

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