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Eagle-X aircraft prototype

Made by Composite Industries Ltd in Western Australia, Australia, 1984.

Although very similar in design to an American Rutan “Quickie” the Eagle EX-P1 is regarded as Australia’s first designed and built all-composite aircraft. The design similarity stems from the use by the West Australian company, Composite Industries Limited, of ex-Rutan designer John Roncz as the designer of the Eagle. The “Quickie” concept was used by Roncz to incorporate the design parameters of the Eagle due to the similarity of the Composite Industries’ specified outcome with the “Quickie’s” ...


Aircraft and components, Eagle-X prototype, kevlar / carbon fibre, made by Composite Industries Limited, Western Australia, Australia, 1984

Canard monoplane consisting of two parts (the fuselage and tail) made of kevlar and carbon fibre. The exterior of the aircraft is white gelcote with blue and red stripes and an eagle logo on the side of the body. It features an ovoid cockpit with perspex cover and single seat inside.

Engine: Rotax
Cylinders: 2 in line
Power: 37.3 kw (50 bhp)
Wingspan: 4.9m (16ft)
Weight: 200 kg (440 lbs)
Cruising speed: 185 km/h (100 knots)
Range: 3 hours


1200 mm
4900 mm
200 kg


The Eagle XP-1 is a proof of concept aircraft to develop a knowledge by the manufacturing company, Composite Industries Ltd., of Western Australia, of the use of composite materials - carbon fibre and kevlar - in the construction of light aircraft and also to develop an aircraft that was relatively safe and forgiving of inexperienced pilots. The results of their experiments with the Eagle XP-1 was the development of the Eagle XTS, the two-seat, tricycle undercarriage, version. Like its predecessor it is of composite construction and retains the canard configuration that provides a safety barrier to an aerodynamic stall of the main wing. However, there was interest within the company to continue production of the XP-1 aircraft if demand warranted. The demand did not eventuate and the Museum's aircraft remains the only single place Eagle produced.
Roncz, John
Composite Industries Ltd 1984

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Eagle-X aircraft prototype 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <>
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