The Slovenia Times

Long renovation revives old Slovenian-made plane


Built primarily out of wood, the aircraft is one of only ten built by the Letalski Inštitut Branko Ivanuš Slovenija (LIBIS), only nine ever took off as one was destroyed in a fire that also damaged Libis.

The aircraft is considered hard to fly and all but the one Bunderla renovated have been retired after only a few years of flying, likely because five crashed in the late 1960s.

Nonetheless, the aircraft is a unique example of Slovenian technical and cultural heritage, which Bunderla spent 4,000 hours renovating, while experts from a variety of fields invested an additional few hundred.

"Initially, the plan was to renovate it for a museum, but then the pressure grew and the boys said, lets give it a bit more and it will take off," Bunderla said.

The 870-kilogramme civilian utility plane can climb to 4,160 metres and reach a speed of 350 kilometres. It was the first plane built in Slovenia using plastic materials, and it was used primarily to tow gliders or take out paragliders.


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