The Sadler Vampire is back!

May 19, 2008 by Paul Richfield, Senior Editor

Sadler Aircraft, a newly-formed company in Roseburg, Oregon, plans to produce an LSA version of the Sadler Vampire, a 1980s ultralight design that remains a cult classic in the U.S. and in Australia.

While the original Vampires were Rotax-powered single-seaters, the new design will feature side-by-side seating for two, and a 65-hp Rotomax rotary engine driving a pusher prop.  Flyaway price is $79,900, and a 120-hp engine will also be available, according to David Littlejohn, head of Sadler Aircraft.

“We’re now considering whether to go ahead with a high performance version, with 450-hp Chevy V-8,” he says. “This would be based on the Piranha, a combat variant that Bill Sadler designed for Turkish Aerospace in 1997. It had unbelievable performance-it could climb almost straight up at 4,000 feet per minute.”

Low slung and menacing, the Vampire shares its basic configuration with the de Havilland Vampire, an early British jet fighter. And despite being classified as an “ultralight,” the single-seat Vampire was a maneuverable performer stressed for plus or minus 6Gs. 

Rights to the Vampire changed hands more than once over the years, and the design has found its most ardent supporters in Australia. Ken Garland and his company, Aero V Australia, hold the Type Acceptance Certificate for the single-seat model.  

13 Responses to “The Sadler Vampire is back!”

  1. Nick Leggett Says:

    This sounds like a fine aircraft from both a performance and price basis. I would like to hear more about it.

  2. Lou Okrent Says:

    I’ve been looking for a trailerable, garage storable airplane for quite a while! This is beautiful! Thank YOU!

    Is this the same aircraft that was displayed at OSH in 1983?

    Is there a kit or plans built version available?

    Who makes the current engine?

  3. Mick Lloyd Says:

    Unfortunate that they aren’t considering producing a FAR 103 Ultralight version.

  4. Rick Ashby Says:

    An outstanding aircraft with an equally outstanding price tag. No matter how Vampire tries to juggle their numbers an asking price of $93,000 is a lot of money and far out of reach for the bulk of sport pilots.

    Do the math, feed a hundred thousand dollars into any LSA classified website and see what comes up. Granted owning an exotic looking aircraft with fine performance specs is tempting but a hard knock on the chin just to belong to an exclusive club.

  5. michael fowler Says:

    HI im new can you help me i love the vampire im haveing troble finding info can you help me any info on the one setter will be great kit price and full bild thank you very much michael fowler

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  10. Gene Knight Says:

    The aircraft looks nice ,! But when you put a deposit down it is all gone and the company all Ass are went #13 with your money , and you never get it back. don’t be a fool like me.

    Thank you from Gene Knight North Carolina

  11. Gene Knight Says:

    One more time, the aircraft has more road miles then air time,and painted about five times,The one in this add. Not five aircraft but five paint jobs.
    I have a vampire and It would take me all night to tell you how sorry it was built, I don’t care what they say, the builder of some of them have no I dear what they were doing !, I have 1000’s of photos of inside the wings and other areas just how bad they were built. I have had to rebuild the total aircraft, and I did put a deposit down on a LSA and when they went under I never got the deposit back,

    Thank you.

  12. Rich Smithfield Says:

    Think about it. This ’08 article, though well written, informative, is deceiving. The company no longer exists. The only activity keeping this thing going is those well wishing dreamers who would love to have seen it succeed.. OLD NEWS. Not going to happen. All the good wishing isn’t going to change that.

    Gene Knight is right, nothing to see here folks, move along. A company in chapter 13 and lots of angry people who were taken advantage of.

    Years ago the company was for sale. You bought the rights and a handful of parts and pieces with one demo aircraft. Nothing happened, it never went into production. Some well meaning people tried to help the fledgling company along attempting to give them some publicity in hopes that would all change. The company remained for sale and was advertised in various air enthusiast publications and websites.

    Somebody bought a company for the price of the plane and went merrily on their way.

    The right thing to do here, would be remove this article and redirect people to more viable aircraft options.

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