About the VJ-22 Sportsman
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SPORTSMAN.
Construction of the original Sportsman was started in September of 1957 and was completed
December 1958. The construction of the rigid and corrosion proof hull is of 1/16 inch and 3/32 inch
aircraft mahogany plywood with 1/4 inch plywood at the step for maximum strength. The hull is
further covered with fiberglass for added protection.
Numerous testing from calm water to five foot swells in the open sea have proven the design to be
both extremely airworthy and seaworthy. Take off from water at sea level consumes about 20
The VJ-22 Sportsman has useful features not usually found on aircraft; one is the distinct advantage
that a pusher-type of engine mounting affords excellent visibility, two, the propellor safety on the
Volmer VJ-22 "Sportsman"
Two-place,side by side,closed cabin, highwing monoplane.
Amphibious flying boat.
Empty 1,000 lbs
Useful load 500 lbs
Gross weight 1,500 lbs
Continental C-85, starter and gen.
Fuel consumption 5.0 gals per hour
(Engines up to 125 H.P could be installed but this would be your own responsibility in changing the
Cruising speed 85 mph
Stalling speed 45 mph
Climb 600' per minute.
Maximun range w/20 gals of gas 300 miles
Wood hull aircraft mahogany plywood and spruce, fiber-glass covered.
Wings-Aeronca Chief or Champion, wood spar, ribs, fabric covered.
Landing gear-Main gear, swiveling tail wheel and water rudder manually retractable.
Experimental, amateur built category, with only one restriction, no flying for hire.
Volmer VJ-22 Amphibious Aircraft
|The first Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman was built by Volmer Jensen in 1958. Originally named 'Chubasco', the design used a
scaled-down Savoia-Marchetti hull for good hydrodynamic qualities. This hull/fuselage was built of a fir keel, spruce longerons
and formers, birch plywood sides and bottom. The wings are stock Aeronca Champ units, giving a 34-foot wing span. The
engine in the original was an 85HP Continental pusher, although this was later replaced by a 100HP Continental O-200