The Turbulent was designed by Frenchman Roger Druine in the 1950s as a homebuild microlight aircraft. This example was fitted with a 1.5 litre Volkswagen car engine. The fuel gauge was made from a knitting needle with a cork float.

This aeroplane was built by John Sharp in his house in Airdrie. The wing was constructed across a hallway into bedrooms on either side. The family had to crawl under the wing each night on their way to bed. Final assembly of the aircraft was completed in a local school playground around 1967. 

Date:  1967
Mark: D31
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Passengers: 0
Top speed: 109 mph (175 km/h)
Range: 250 miles (402 km)

Druine Turbulent

Detail of Druine Turbulent

Cockpit view

Druine Turbulent cockpit

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