BMW is back in the air thanks to Czech manufacturer Skyleader, who’s built a plane powered by a S 1000 RR engine.

BMW has a long and rich history producing cars and motorcycles; but that’s not all it’s known for. Its propeller-derived logo was created for a reason – as a result of its early affinity for aircraft engines.

And now the Czech company Skyleader has taken the German factory back to the skies, creating its UL-39 Albi Jet which is powered by a 200bhp BMW S 1000 RR superbike engine. The UL-39 Albi is essentially a two-seater aircraft manufactured entirely from carbon fibre. Its design is based on the L-39 Albatros military training reactor, but scaled down.  


We love this really cool use of BMW’s superbike engine. Let us know if you’ve seen any other unorthodox applications for motorcycles power plants.  

Ross Mowbray

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