This little airplane is a Hummel Bird. The Hummel Bird was designed by Morry Hummel of Bryan, Ohio who first flew it to Oshkosh in 1982. His design is a modification of Gary Watson's tiny Windwagon which made its Oshkosh debut in 1978. Unlike the Windwagon, the Hummel Bird is a tail dragger. Also unlike the Windwagon, the Hummel Bird has a canopy and some rollover protection. Both the Windwagon and the Hummel Bird were designed to use 1/2 VW engines. There are about 20 Hummel Birds flying today. Plans and parts for the Hummel Bird are available from Hummel Aviation.
This Hummel Bird was built by Bruce King of San Antonio, Texas. Bruce completed his Hummel Bird last year after 18 months of construction (2,000 to 2,500 hours in his estimation). Bruce's first long cross country flight in his Hummel Bird was a 1,100 mile trip from San Antonio, Texas to Lakeland, Florida earlier this year for the EAA Sun-N-Fun fly-in. At SnF, Bruce said that the long cross country trip and his reception at SnF was "the best part of the whole building experience." Bruce cruises his Hummel Bird at 100 mph burning about 3.5 gallons per hour.