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Besam Aircraft Dragonfly

Single-seat single-engined high-wing monoplane with conventional three-axis control. Wing has unswept leading and trailing edges, and constant chord; cruciform tail. Pitch control by elevator on tail; yaw control by fin-mounted rudder; roll control by quarter-span spoilers; control inputs through stick for pitch/roll and pedals for yaw. Wing braced from above by kingpost and cables, from below by cables; wing profile Clark Y derived; 100% double-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tail-dragger formation; no suspension on tailwheel and axle-flex suspen-sion on main wheels. Push-right go-right tailwheel steering connected to yaw control. No brakes. Aluminium-tube framework with-out pod. Engine mounted below wing driving pusher propeller. All aluminium tubing to British HT3OTF specification.

In February 1982 the Besam partnership was advertising a full three-axis control microlight promising that it would be available 'soon'. Some explanation of these absences was provided in July when Besam announced that its premises had been first burgled and then set on fire, destroying the working drawings and damaging the prototype to the point where it was easier and safer to start again from scratch.

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