The Airplane Factory Sling 2 is a South African two-seater light aircraft designed and produced by The Airplane Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Sling is a two-seat, low wing, all metal aircraft with tricycle landing gearmade from composites.
The aircraft is powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912 IS engine which drives a 3-bladed Warp Drive Inc propeller.
The airplane features a sliding canopy, large fuel tanks, and standard equipment includes a “glass cockpit” style display.
Mike Blyth began working on the design of the Sling 2 in 2006. The first prototype was completed in 2008, the Sling made its first flight on November 18, 2008.
A full testing programme followed, with the help of a South African military aerodynamicist, which was completed in 2009. Blyth and partner James Pitman then flew the 2nd prototype around the world to accomplish a challenging circumnavigation.
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