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Quickie Q200 Amateur-Built

During the 1980s, Mike Huffman was a dealer for Quickie Aircraft Company. He built this Q-200 as his personal aircraft and demonstrator. It started life as a Q2, powered by a Revmaster VW-derivative engine and equipped with the original GU-airfoil canard, which was susceptible to loss of lift due to contamination of the leading edge with bugs or rain.

To solve the rain and bugs problem, Quickie Aircraft designed a new canard using a different airfoil. Huffman was involved in flight-testing the new canard design at the Mojave Airport. On successful completion of the flight tests, he retrofitted this airplane with the new canard and, at the same time, installed a Continental O-200 engine. His other innovations included the installation of Cleveland 5.00-5 wheels with individual toe brakes and the design/installation of cockpit-adjustable canard trim tabs ("sparrow strainers," as they were referred to) for pitch trim.

The resulting airplane cruised at 185 mph at 6-7 gph.