WALTER VAN TILBORG COLLECTION
No. 11546. Stern ST-87 Europlane (F-PLJR c/n 34)
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Stern ST-87 Europlane

08/31/2012. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "This two-seater of all-wood and fabric construction was an original design of René Stern, who also built the first ST-87, which featured detachable wings, a fixed tricycle undercarriage, and an 85 hp L2400DA Limbach engine. Registered F-PRCP (c/n 01) it was first flown June 7, 1991.

Plans were made available for amateur construction with optional provision for detachable wings, with options for either a fixed tricycle or a fixed tail wheel undercarriage and the type was suited for engines in the 80-150 hp range. Usually the ST-87 was known as the Europlane, but several were seen carrying the name Véga. By mid-2012 over a dozen aircraft had been completed and flown.

At least three aircraft with several modifications, including the 1998 German-built D-EDOW (c/n 1830) were known as the ST-87C Europlane. A modified aircraft, with a tail wheel undercarriage, built by Richard Mallick and fitted with an 115 hp Lycoming O-235 engine, was designated SM-01 Véga (Stern-Mallick No.1). This aircraft first flew on 1 July 1992, and sometimes it was referred to as the SM-80."

Created August 31, 2012