Rutan Quickie

The Rutan Quickie is a light, single seat homebuilt aircraft mainly designed by Burt Rutan. The original Quickie was one of the dozens of unconventional aircraft designed by Rutan for the general aviation market.

Rutan Quickie

The Quickie is a tandem wing design, having one forward wing and one rear wing (instead of the more traditional main wing and horizontal stabilizer). It also features unusual tailwheel landing gear with the main wheels located at the tips of the forward wing. The Quickie is of composite construction.

The Quickie Aircraft Corporation was formed to produce and market the Quickie in kit form in 1978. Two years later a two-seater variant of the same layout followed as the Q2. The aircraft has full-span elevators/flaps which are fitted to the forward wing so that all pitch control comes from the forward wing. The forward wing provides about 60% of the total lift. The ailerons are located inboard on the aft wing which is shoulder mounted centrally just aft of the pilot. The tandem layout provides positive lift from both pairs of wings, whereas a conventional tailplane supplies negative lift.

The Quickie is a “taildrager” with fixed (non-retractable) main wheels faired into pants located at the tips of the forward wing. The steerable tailwheel allows directional control up to the point of liftoff as the Quickie does not lift its tail during the takeoff run. It takes off at around 55 mph and has a good maximum speed for its engine power.