Horne, Thomas A. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Frederick, Maryland.
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A lightweight, single-seat aircraft with low flight speed and power, used for sport or recreation. Ultralights evolved from hang gliders, and the first models were crude, home-built modifications of the Icarus, a rigid-wing, biplane, tailless hang glider popular in the mid-1970s. Newer ultralights are designed strictly as motorized aircraft and cannot be flown as hang gliders. Ultralights are sold as kits, requiring from 50 to 300 h for construction. See also: Glider
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