the CFM Shadow microlight series
The CFM Shadow is a high wing microlight with a tandem seating arrangement and a ‘pusher’ engine and propeller mounted behind the cockpit.
David Cook developed the Shadow in England during the early 1980’s. It started production life as the ‘Shadow B’ series with a 40hp Rotax 447 two-stroke engine, available either as a comprehensive kit or a factory-built aircraft.
The Shadow made cunning use of honeycomb composite panels, extruded polystyrene foam, glass fibre, ultra-thin plywood and fabric covering to give it strength and lightness. It was way ahead of its time, in terms of speed, rate of climb, comfort and safety. At one stage the Shadow held the microlight world records for altitude, long distance and speed.
About 1990 the improved ‘Shadow C’ series, powered by a 50hp Rotax 503 engine, was made available. A faster ‘Streak Shadow’ version was then introduced, featuring a shorter wing span and a 65hp Rotax 532 engine. Later Streaks used the more torquey 65hp Rotax 582 engine to push them skywards.
Around 1996 the wide-body ‘Shadow D’ series, also powered by the Rotax 582, came onto the scene.
The fastest model, the ‘Star Streak’, was arguably the ultimate Shadow. It had much smaller wings and a 75hp Rotax 618 two-stroke or 80hp Rotax 912 four-stroke engine.
Once you’re done here, why not visit Terry Aspinall’s website to find out lots more photos, videos and info about the Shadow microlight series and the pioneering exploits of its designer, David Cook.
This 1999 CFM-Aircraft factory brochure gives you a good idea of the Shadow microlight series
CFM brochure (1999) – Shadow + Streak (540kB)
- Flight tests + Articles on the Shadow series (includes B, C, D and Streak models)
- Shadow and Streak Manuals + Documents (including Pilot’s Notes, TADS, MPDs, Construction Manuals and Service Manuals)
- Modifications + Upgrades approved for the Shadow series
- Other Shadow stuff (including Dimensions + Sketches)