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.  

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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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