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KR-1 Aircraft



 Richard Shirley's Award Winning KR-1 


Ken Rands original KR-1 now rests in the FAA hangar at EAA Oshkosh.



The KR-1 is a single seat low wing aircraft which can be powered by a certified or auto conversion engine.  It is typically powered by smaller VW engines, up to the 2100cc.  As with all KR's, the KR-1 is equipped with removable wings, and your choice of fixed conventional, or tricycle gear.

Speed, economy and range.  Designed for the first-time builder.

  • Utilizing wood and foam/fiberglass construction
  • No hot-wiring required  

  • Pre-molded parts greatly speed construction time (approximately 800 hours)

  • A well-proven design for over 30 years!


KR-1 Specifications




12' 9"

Wing Span

17' 0"

Total Wing Area

62 sq ft




Empty weight

375 - 500 lbs

Gross weight

750 - 1050 lbs

Useful load

375 - 450 lbs

Baggage capacity

20 lbs max




KR-1 Performance

Ground Performance:

Take off distance light

350 ft

Take off distance gross

950 ft

Landing distance light

900 ft

Landing distance gross




Maximum Speed

200 mph

Cruise Speed

150 - 180 mph

Stall Speed

52 mph



Rate of Climb (light)

1200 fpm

Rate of Climb (gross)

800 fpm

Service ceiling

15,000 ft



Fuel capacity

8-30 gal

Fuel consumption

3.8 gph (typical)


1200 miles with 30 gallons




* Performance specifications are typical utilizing a 1834cc - 2100cc VW engine.


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