On this day in aviation history, the first flight of the Epic Victory took place. The Epic was a single-engined very light jet, designed to be powered by the P&W PW600 engine.
The Epic Victory during a test flight
The company name Epic also reflected the speed of development of the aircraft, 6 1/2 months from concept to flying prototype! The first (and only built) aircraft was powered by a Williams FJ33 engine. Testing of the aircraft sadly came to a halt with the bankruptcy of Epic Aircraft in 2009 Including the pilot(s) the aircraft could be configured for 4 or 5 occupants configuration. The intended retail price for the aircraft was less the US$ 1.000.000 and at the Oshkosh Fly-in, Epic started accepting down payments for orders.
The Epic Victory Cockpit with Garmin G900 avionics suite
The prototype registration with the FAA expired on the last day of May 2017, and the aircraft was deregistered. Russian S7 Group aimed to revive the project in 2019, but no development in the project has been reported since. Aircraft specifications for the Epic Victory
Capacity: 3 to 4
Length: 33 ft 5 in (10.19 m)
Wingspan: 36 ft 4 in (11.08 m)
Height: 10 ft 8.5 in (3.26 m)
Empty weight: 2,700 lb (1,225 kg)
Gross weight: 5,500 lb (2,495 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PW600 (although only flown with William FJ33)
Maximum speed: 368 mph (592 km/h, 320 kn)
Cruise speed: 288 mph (463 km/h, 250 kn)
Range: 1,380 mi (2,222 km, 1,200 nmi)
Service ceiling: 28,000 ft (8,537 m)