QUICKIE Q-2, Q-200, « SUPER QUICKIE », etc.
Ironically, the Quickie met with its biggest success after Burt Rutan moved out of the project.

The nicely rounded fuselage of the two-seat version.

A fine example of the two-seat Quickie is Britain's G-BSPA.

Hard to believe that the Quickie series is almost 30 years old.

Manufacturers:Quickie Aircraft Corporation (QAC) / homebuilders

Type:  low-cost canard lightweight kitplane

Powerplant: 1 x 64 hp (48 kW) Volkswagen (Q-2)
                  or 1 x 46 hp Rotax 503 (Q2 Super Quickie)
                  or 1 x 105 hp (78 kW) Continental O-200 (Q-200)
                  or 1 x 1915cc Volkswagen automobile engine (Dragonfly)

Significant date: 1980 (Q-2), 1985 (Super Quickie)

By 1980, the Quickie Aircraft Corporation had sold 350 kits of the basic Quickie. In the light of that success, the company developed two derivatives: first the Q-2, a 2-place version, propelled by a 64 hp (48 kW) Volkswagen engine, and then the faster Q-200, also a two-seater, equipped with a modified lower wing and powered by an 85 hp engine or a 105 hp (78 kW) Continental O-200. Later, both the Q-2 and the Q-200 could also be constructed as Tri-Qs, featuring tricycle landing gear rather than conventional landing gear.

A larger, two-seat version of the Quickie called the Dragonfly, powered by a 1915cc Volkswagen engine, also exists. It won the Best New Design award in 1980 at Airventure Oshkosh, just like the original Quickie had two years before. More than 500 Dragonfly's have flown or are flying, with at least another 500 at some point of partial completion. SlipStream Industries currently owns the rights to, and sells plans and kits to build the Dragonfly. Though small and efficient, the Dragonfly is considered a high performance aircraft.

Four different models of the Dragonfly were marketed: the Mark I, with the landing gear at the outboard ends of the canard; the Mark II, with the gear inboard-mounted on the canard; the Mark II H, with a hoop gear mounted to fuselage just behind the canard; and the Mark III, a tri-gear version. The Mark II H seems to be the currently most popular and strongest version. Custom variants of the Dragonfly also exist, such as the one powered by a 75 hp Revmaster R-2100 engine with dual electronic ignition, which will cruise at about 140 mph on about 4 gallons of 100LL fuel per hour. It can max out at about 160 mph and carry about 400 lbs of pilot, passenger, and baggage.

Finally, a single-seat variant called the Super Quickie uses a Rotax engine.

Population: about 3000 kits sold of both Q-2 and Q-200
and about 1000 kits sold of the Dragonfly.
Only a few Super Quickies [N17UD 'Ugly Quackling', N509Q, N80QA, G-BKFM, N4251F known]

Empty Weight (Q-200): approx. 640 lb.
Gross weight (Q-200): 1,200 lb.
Useable fuel (Q-200): 23 gallons
Top Speed (Q-200): 195 mph
Landing speed (Q-200): 70 mph
Cruise speed (Rotax engine): 150 mph
Normal range (Q-200): 400 mi. (not including 40 min. reserve)

Crew/passengers: 2 (only 1 in the Super Quickie)


A magnificent example of the Super Quickie.