| Monster Bush Plane is a One-Off Engineering Masterpiece

All folks dream of attaining some degree in existence the place we’ve got the information, talents, power and assets to drag off builds that fit our wildest desires. [Mike Patey] resides that dream and with a keenness for engineering and aviation this is completely infectious, he constructed Draco, the sector’s maximum badass bush airplane.

Draco began existence as a PZL-104MA Wilga 2000, which already had spectacular brief take off and touchdown (STOL) features for a 4 seater. Its authentic 300 hp Lycoming piston engine failed catastrophically in 2020, very just about dumping [Mike] in Lake Utah. He made up our minds it was once a excellent excuse to begin development his dream airplane, and changed the motor with a Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engine, striking out an enormous 680 hp.

Nearly all the airplane was once upgraded, and the engineering that went into it’s awe-inspiring, particularly taking into account that [Mike] did maximum of it himself. This features a redesigned gas machine, enlarged wing and keep watch over surfaces, new avionics, oxygen machine, upgraded touchdown tools and an array of lighting. The wing tip touchdown lighting are in truth from a Boeing 737. [Mike] estimates that the upgrades price someplace within the area of one million US greenbacks. All of the highlights of the construct is documented in collection of movies on [Mike]’s YouTube channel. What we’d give for a non-public workshop like that…

Check out to not let your jaw hit the ground when looking at the video after the spoil.

[Mike Patey] has somewhat a little of enjoy with loopy planes. One in every of his earlier builds, a race airplane named “Turbulence”, holds a US transcontinental velocity file and the typical velocity file (438 mph / 704.9 km/h) for a unmarried engined turboprop.

We’ve got coated some home-built airplane earlier than which can be quite extra obtainable for the typical aviation fanatic. However all the time take into account that simply because your dream construct is loopy does not imply it is not possible.

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