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Berkut Jet

Homebuilt designed and built by Dave H. Ronneberg and Kerry Beresford.

The Berkut is descended from the Rutan Long-EZ, with the primary differences being retractable main landing gear, dual canopies, and molded fuselage, strakes, and spar.

Like the Long EZ, the Berkut carries 2 people in tandem seats. The front seat occupant has access to all instrumentation and controls. The rear seat, normally holding the passenger, is equipped with a side stick and throttle, but no rudder pedals, brakes, or instruments.  Aerodynamically only minor changes were made.

Berkut Jet, Photo Dean Hall

Berkuts are equipped with a Lycoming piston engines with a power of 180-260 hp. These machines can reach speeds of up to 400 km/h.

This Berkut jet was built by Jerrold Jorritsma and was re-engineered with a GE T58 turbojet. With such an engine, it can easily exceed 500 km/h. The Berkut jet has full wet wings for Jet-A1. Jerrod installed some special speedbrakes. The aircraft first flight was in 2006

Unfortunately, it was severely damaged during a forced landing following an engine failure in Loveland, CO, on May 9, 2010.

Berkut Jet, avec la courtoisie de Tom McCormick
Tableau de bord du Berkut jet, avec la courtoisie de Tom McCormick