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ScaleWings SW-51 Returns to Sun ‘N Fun

New Display Debuts in 2023

After an enthusiastic reception at Oshkosh, ScaleWings's SW-51 Mustang returns to Sun ´N Fun 2023. The SW-51 is a light-sport, homebuilt aircraft designed by ScaleWings of Strasswalchen, Austria.

The machine is a seventy-percent replica of the North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft of the Second World War and has set alight the imaginations and ownership aspirations of vast tracts of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) enthusiasts.

The SW-51 was first flown in October 2014 and is supplied as both a kit for amateur construction and a complete, factory-built, ready-to-fly-aircraft.

Lavishly designed to embody the aesthetic and spirit of the storied WWII fighter from which it derives its form and name, the all-carbon SW-51 P-51 silenced skeptics at Oshkosh 2022 and the Reno Air Races by rising effortlessly skyward and delivering comprehensively on its designer’s promises of a superb and stylish flight experience.

The SW-51’s 2022 jaunt to the U.S. occasioned strong sales of the aircraft. Comes now 2023, and ScaleWings and its SW-51 are making ready to return to Lakeland, Florida’s Sun ‘N Fun—the first major event of the aviation sector’s calendar-year

Already, the SW-51 has racked up new sales, demonstrating a propensity for success worthy of its namesake. To date, serial numbers up to SN-22 have been sold.

The first customer-built kit SW-51 Mustang, SN-004, completed a successful if not ironic 05 February 2023 maiden flight in German skies and has been soaring strongly since. Currently, ScaleWings is preparing to add the most advanced SW-51 yet to the growing fleet. SN-007—predictably dubbed Double-O-Seven—will debut a range of heretofore unseen features including new taxi and landing lights that have been seamlessly integrated into the faux machine-gun bays adorning the leading-edges of the aircraft’s wings. Additionally, SN-007 will sport a full glass cockpit featuring a ten-inch, central G3X touch Primary Flight Display (PFD) and an offset G5 backup PFD. New cameras in the ventral aspect of SN-007’s fuselage feed the aircraft’s primary cockpit PFD display, thereby affording pilots unobstructed forward visibility during taxi and obviating the need for the S-turns characteristic of tail-dragger ground operations.

Sun ‘N Fun 2023 will find the ScaleWings display relocated from the LSA Mall to booth LD-10, down the way from Sunset Grill, past the Radio Station hut, and on the same path as the EAA Building—at the very center of the show’s action.

ScaleWings cordially invites one-and-all to visit its Sun ‘N Fun 2023 display, view the SW-51 Mustang, and take a close-up gander at the more than one-hundred-thousand details—rivets, screw heads, access-panels, etc.—worked meticulously into the machine’s carbon skin. Confronted with the aircraft’s inherent detail and polished-aluminum paint finish, many trained observers have mistaken the SW-51 for a riveted-aluminum airplane.

ScaleWings Aircraft GmbH is a German based aircraft designer and manufacturer. The company runs its own production plant in Southeastern Poland’s Aviation Valley, where the SW-51 MUSTANG is proudly constructed by a workforce nearing forty full-time employees in a 24,000-square-foot facility.

The highly prefabricated SW-51 Mustang Quick Build Kit is priced at $225,000. The addition of powerplant, prop, wirings, avionics and other systems brings the completed aircraft’s cost to approximately $320,000. ScaleWings also offers Build Assist service at its Krosno, Poland facility as well as through the company’s U.S. partner, Titan Aircraft of Austinburg, Ohio. Subject service enables even untrained builders to complete assembly of their SW-51’s free of anxiety and frustration and in the shortest possible time.




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