The Double Eagle Airplane is a "plans built" design powered by the widely available stock VW engine, that will carry 2 people with a useful load around 515 Lbs. It can be built and flown under the Light Sport Aircraft Category. This is a strong and simple airplane designed using traditional and proven aviation tubular steel technology. It is easy to build and there has developed around it a strong core of builders that offer help and support for building the aircraft. There is also a full kit developed by John Bolding in consultation with the designer that makes building this design even faster.
This is the new website for the Double Eagle Airplane designed by Leonard Milholland. Leonard built it as his 11th airplane project as an outgrowth of the need to have a trainer for his very popular Legal Eagle Ultralight. The Double Eagle started to form up in 2002 and was first widely seen at the 2003 Oshkosh show. A repeat performance in 2004 broadened its popularity, and many kits started out the door.
"DE" is getting special treatment this year (2007) because of an invitation that Leonard Received from the EAA to display the Double Eagle this year at the Air Venture 2007 Air Show. It seems that EAA membership has been asking for an affordable Light Sport Aircraft and most others while fine airplanes tend to run upwards of $50,000. Since the Double Eagle can be certified in this category and costs under 10-12 thousand dollars (even paying retail, and getting some building help), it is very affordable the invite went out. The aircraft is sporting a new Culver prop and has many cosmetic improvements and tweaks this year in celebration of the event.
Because the Legal Eagle and the Better Half VW engine tend to dominate the www.betterhalfvw.com website, I decided that this year the "DE" would get its own website and so www.DoubleEagleAirplane.com was born. I hope that all the visitors to this site will give this airplane the look it deserves as it is easy to fly and using auto gas is easy to prep and fuel for those that just want a quick flight around the patch, but has enough useful load that 14 gallons of fuel (10 under LSA), a portable radio and GPS can take you lots of places as well. The airplane is so light it is also easy to trailer (the wings remove simply) and having STOL characteristics can be flown from many flat areas that would barely support the moniker airport. In some ways it represents a fun return to the barnstorming days where you get to wear goggles and scarf, but in an airplane so strong that it is half the weight of most of its predecessors from that era.
Graeme Gibson, Webmaster - July 15, 2007
ή See Us At EAA Air Venture In Oshkosh, WI The Week of July 23, 2007 ά
We will be in the Light Sport Aircraft area of Aeroshell Square
Weight .385 pounds (dry) Height ..68
Wing Span ...283 Gross Weight ...900 pounds
Wing Cord ...55 inches Useful Load .515 pounds
Wing Area 127 sq. ft. Wing Stress Load 4 Gs
Fuselage ...18 feet Engine 1835 cc 60 Hp (approx)
Power is supplied by the reliable V.W 4 Cylinder Engine ● Uses less expensive Auto Gas
The Double Eagle was originally designed as an experimental trainer for the single seat Legal Eagle a 244 lbs legal ultralight that can also be seen on the field. The Double Eagle is now reclassified in the Light Sport Aircraft category and represents on of the most affordable and easiest to build 2 place LSA aircraft today. The prototype has been built for under $5,000.00 and we believe that most builders can duplicate the effort between 5K and 7K. In fact were you to pay retail for everything, and get help building it you could probably still come in under $12,500.00 so when we say affordable flying we mean it!
For Plans, Videos, DVDs & Propeller Hubs contact the designer: L. E. Milholland
Post Office Box 747, Brookshire, TX 77423 ● Tel 281-375-5453 ● Cell 281-785-3777
For Kits & Materials Packages and Welded Fuselages contact: John Bolding ,
, 15731Lakeview Drive,
Baytown, TX ● Tel 281-383-0113 ● email: jnbolding1 @ teleshare.net
Complete Design Plans $80.00 ● Videos and DVDs $25 each
Special Package price: Plans and All Five Videos or DVDs $200.00
Max Fuel = 14 (10 LSA) gallons ● Industrial Bike Wheels (optional)
STOL: Take Off distance = 300 ft. Landing distance = 400 ft.
Skilled Pilots have take off in 194 no wind, light load.
Climb Performance: Excellent, performs like a Cub with no bad habits.
Stall Speed 35 Mph ● Cruise 70 Mph ● Economy Cruise 55 Mph
Carburetor: Zenith ● Alternator: Kubota ● Prop: Culver Propellers
Oshkosh AeroShell Square Feature Airplane 2007
This airplane is easy to build, ALL the skills you need to build this airplane can be learned within 300 yards of where you are standing Right Now
John Bolding quote for the flyer on learning that Aeroshell Square would host the Double Eagle at the 2007 Oshkosh Air Venture Show
Added to the World Wide Web July 4th, 2007 by Graeme E. B. Gibson Σ 2007 All Rights Reserved.
You Tube Video original by Gail Simmons (Leonards daughter). Revised October 21th, 2007