No. 9681. Fry Esprit VF-II SC (HB-YIL c/n 001)
Photographed over the Swiss Alps by Valentino Fry

Fry Esprit VF-II SC

11/30/2009. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "The Esprit was an original single-seat sport/racer homebuilt aircraft of composite material construction developed by Valentino Fry of Wilen bei Wollerau, Switzerland. Work on the Esprit VF-II design started in 1994 and the prototype aircraft made the first flight on September 8, 1998, powered by an 100hp Rolls-Royce/Continental O-200-A engine and using a two-bladed propeller.

Fitted with one 140hp Walter/LOM Praha M-332AK engine (with turbo-supercharger) in an altered nose and driving a three-bladed propeller, the prototype was redesignated Esprit VF-II SC. The wing was replaced by a thinner wing of double-trapezium planform and reduced span. It first flew in the new guise on April 28, 2001 and showed considerable improvement in performance.

The type became available for amateur construction via Fry Aircraft Design established by the designer, but no additional aircraft has been completed. The aircraft was deregistered on June 1, 2006, and in 2008 it was put on display at the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum) at Lucerne.

Created January 31, 2010