No. 9964. Plan MP 205 Busard (F-PYAS c/n 19)
Photographed July 16, 2005, by Loet Kuipers

Plan MP 205 Busard

08/31/2010. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "The Busard (Harrier) was developed by Robert Lefèbvre (Secretary of the RSA at the time) from the one-of-a-kind
MP 204 designed by Max Plan (first flown as F-WBGE on June 5, 1952). Lefèbvre lightened the design and made it suitable for amateur construction. The modernized version differed mainly in having a slight increase in wingspan, taller vertical tail, more streamlined engine cowling and canopy, and a turtle deck.

Lefèbvre built the aircraft assisted by pupils of the Albert Camus Technical School in Rouen, France, and he first flew it on December 9, 1973. Initially powered by a 65 hp Continental A65, it was later re-engined with a 90 hp Continental C90 engine.

A number of aircraft was built, including the MP 205 F-PRJR built by Bernard Marichy (powered by a 90 hp Continental C90-8F, first flown November 20, 1995, and by Louis Bomaire (powered by an 100 hp Continental O-200-A, first flown October 19, 1997). Further aircraft used VW and Walter Mikron 4-III engines.

The MP 207 was a refined version with a span of 19 ft 10.2 in (6.05 m) and a length of 17ft 8.6 in (5.40 m), and an O-200-A engine. The first was built by Joseph Rieth and had its maiden flight November 25, 1984. A second MP 207 flew on September 22, 2000 and was completed by James Mangold and Stéphane Ballandin. Following data relate to the MP 205 versions with different engines.

Created August 31, 2010