CriCri Smallest Plane

The Colomban Cri-Cri may not sound like anything special, but it is currently the world’s smallest twin-engined manned aircraft, designed in the early 1970s by French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban. It features a cantilever low-wing, a single-seat enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed tricycle landing gear and twin engines mounted on pylons to the nose of the aircraft in tractor configuration. Click here for more images of the CriCri. Continue reading for another flight test video.

The aircraft is made from aluminum sheet glued to Klegecell foam. Its 4.9 m (16.1 ft) span wing employs a Wortmann 21.7% mod airfoil, and has an area of 3.1 m2 (33 sq ft). The aircraft is also capable of aerobatics within the limitations of twin-engined aircraft.