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Polen Special

History
In 1967 Dennis Polen began work on what was to become the fastest four-cylinder vehicle on earth and along the way became an aviation legend.

Construction
Like the Wright brother’s Flyer, the Polen Special was created by individuals with no corporate sponsorship or public financing. Also like the Wright Flyer, the Polen Special leaped years ahead of what others thought possible at the time.

The Legend is born
The Polen Special received rave reviews when debuted at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Oshkosh air show in 1973. Dennis Polen was overwhelmed with mail from eager fans around the world, but the reclusive builder had made his point. The Special was not to return to Oshkosh for more than two decades. The EAA still receives inquiries about the Polen Special and it is the most written about experimental aircraft ever built. The Polen legend was born.

Races / Records / Recognition
Further enhancements to efficiency have helped the Polen Special become an unbeaten racer, a World Record holder (500 km @ 303.5 mph) and the recipient of the Bleriot medal for outstanding contribution to aviation. Dick Keyt and the Polen
Special were honored to participate in the ceremony at Kitty Hawk, SC in December 2006, commemorating the Centennial of Flight.

Icon of Efficiency
An unbeaten race record, a World speed record and the ability to reach 320mph with 180hp are a testament to the efficiency of the Polen Special design, making it one of the most recognizable and icons of efficiency in the world today. Clearly, Efficiency is still On the Move.

Efficiency On The Move
Following in the footsteps of the Polen Special, design studies for the Stage3 - Advanced Efficiency Aircraft are underway. Stage3 goals include performance improvements in fuel efficiency, environmental impact, sound control, small field operability and safety.

Polen Special Photo History

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