WALTER VAN TILBORG COLLECTION
No. 12582. Parrish Dart (N191JP c/n 001)
Photograph from Parrish

Parrish Dart

09/30/2014. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "The Dart was an original design homebuilt aircraft of Jimmy R. Parrish and in the design stage, started in 1983, it was planned with delta shaped wings. However, prior to the completion of the prototype, the wing configuration was changed and became very similar to that of the Rutan VariEze, Long-EZ and similar designs. The Dart had a mixed wood and composite material construction, fixed main undercarriage and a retractable nose wheel and could accept engines in the 75 to 125 hp range.

The pictured prototype was first flown the Autumn 1995, but was damaged on the first flight. It was powered by an 80 hp VW 2100 engine which was later possibly replaced by a 75 hp Continental A75. The Dart was marketed, in kit form and with increased wingspan, via Parrish Aircraft Experimental, Inc. founded by the designer at Plantation, Florida. Subsequently the prototype was reregistered (and still is) to Sunshine Aero Composites, Inc., also based in Plantation, Florida. This company also continued marketing of drawings for the Dart, but almost certainly no additional aircraft were completed."


Created September 30, 2014