In 1979, Raymond Mossoux, engineer at SABENA, designed an ultralight glider using the tandem wings formula of Henri Mignet. This small glider, very light (28 kg) could be carried by hand if you wanted to take off by running, landing being made on a skid.  

After several flights in glider configuration, towed by a car, a Mc Cullogh single cylinder 2 stroke, 95 cm3 (9 hp at 7,000 rev / min) engine was fitted on a pylon placed behind the pilot and between the wings. The design is then slightly modified when a 2 cylinders JCV engine of 20hp specially developed for the Butterfly is installed.

A small batch of Butterfly II is built by SABENA and the R.T.B.F. (national Radio Television) is contacted to sponsor the participation of the Butterfly in the London-Paris ultralight race of 1982, the first crossing of the Channel by an Ultralight aircraft.

They gave their agreement, provided that the pilot of the machine is René Thierry, reporter at the RTBF. The Butterfly took second place! A lot of interest was gained thanks to this success and the Butterfly Co. is set up.

Then the “Brugeoise et Nivelles” (BN), who wanted to diversify its activities, created an aeronautical section called Ultralight Aeronautic to produce the Butterfly III.

The fuselage frame that was made of riveted sheets of aluminum is replaced by one of welded square tubes. In spite of being heavier, it remained the lightest ultralight.

Unfortunately, BN went bankrupt and all the assets were sold in France to Lascaud. The Ets D. Lascaud modified the Butterfly and renamed it “Bifly”.
Butterfly characteristics :                       
Performances :
Length : 3,45m Cruising speed : 70 km/h
Wingspan :  front:  6,19m
                   rear:  4,36 m

Wing area : front: 6,94 m²
                  rear:  4,74 m²        

Empty weight : 48 kg  
Height : 1,6m
The “Butterfly” stored in the BAPA workshop is the Mc Cullogh powered prototype.  
Status: private collection on loan. Stored at the workshop pending completion.