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Southern Aeronautical Renegade
Michalak R-1




This Formula-V sport racer features a straight-line midwing design. The design was largely based on the Cassutt Special III, but was made suitable to accept VW or VW-based engines. Its designer, Charles Lasher, has chosen steel-tube construction for the fuselage and tail because of its ability to withstand the shock of a crash better than other materials
The wings are a wood-frame structure with fabric covering. The ship is made to handle any Volkswagen from 35 to 65 hp.
The first aircraft was built by M. Ricketts and after eighteen months of construction it was first flown in 1974, registered N73RL (c/n B15). Of conventional construction with all-wood wings and fabric-covered fuselage, the single-seat aircraft was powered by one 55 hp Volkswagen VW1600 motor car engine.
N73RL took second and third places in the Formula V competition at the 1978 and 1979 Cleveland National Air Races respectively, and was used for aerobatic displays.
Plans for amateur construction were marketed via Southern Aero Corporation of Miami Lakes, Florida, after 1983 via Charles Lasher.
Lasher Renegade I (N1031A c/n B96)
At least four Renegade I aircraft were completed in the USA:
N73RL, N1031A, N35DE, and N64JM (designated Michalak R-1).
Biplane Racer Andrew Buehler has set up an LLC and negotiated to acquire the design and manufacturing rights for the Renegade from Creighton King in 2014. Initial planning was for Ed Fisher of Raceair Designs to help with the development and construction of a new Renegade airframe, to use in the promotion of the design. Several minor improvements, and a new wing design were in the works.


Engine: VW 40-hp
Wingspan 16 ft
Length 14 ft
Gross Wt. 652 lb
Empty Wt. 400 lb
Fuel capacity 7.5 USG
Top speed 130 mph
Cruise 120 mph
Stall 49 mph
Climb rate 1000 fpm
Takeoff run 560 ft
Landing roll 400 ft
Range 375 sm


Span: 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m)
Wing chord, constant: 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Length: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
Height: 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)
Empty weight: 451 lb (205 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 670 lb (304 kg)
Max speed: over 170 mph (273 kmh)
Max cruise speed: 145 mph (233 kmh)
Landing speed: 50 mph (81 kmh)
Max climb at sea level: 850 ft (259 m)/min
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,660 m)
Range: 225 mls (362 km)






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