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Wizard ultralight, ultra lite aircraft, amateur built, experimental, homebuilt aircraft.

The following have been taken from various posting over the internet: I can not verify how accurate they are:

Wizards were very flimsy due to missing tubes, wires, etc. 
The larger leading edge was a marketing gimmick just to exceed the well designed diameter of the quicks of the time. 
Since they kept the small compression struts, they were actually weaker since QS sleeved and then increased the diameter of theirs.

The controls would get sloppy after a while due to the drilled holes elongating, and the large wheels would easily fail in a sharp turn.
They flew fine after the belly bar was bowed for more down control on the weightshifts. The closed wing tips made the plane hard to turn, eventually being velcroed rather than sewed.
The small, loose stab cloth contributed to heavy control pressures as it did on the rect stab quicks.
The lack of aftermarket support, follow on companies, led to a 'quick' demise of most flying wizards. Some escaped the junk pile by hiding out in barns and basements masquerading as lawn furniture.

A little later J3B model with hard seat and original Rotax 503 is still flying here in Illinois after about 4 owners.  It probably has 500 hours on it by now.  Some of the tubes were bent and
replaced a time or two due to hard landings. The curved ones are a real problem as you can't buy them. 

Have to try and bend them yourself.  The latest owner bolted on some tail stiffening tubes acquired from a wrecked ultralight and says it turns a lot better now. The original tail flexes enough to reduce the rudder effectiveness. Such stiffeners were also added to the QS airframe I believe.
The crusty old Wizard still flies here on a regular basis cruising in the 45-50 mph range.  Too much rusted hardware and faded sails for my taste though. 

The current owner, a machinist had to replace the aluminum angle stock used for the engine mount because of fatigue cracks at the bolt holes.  The centrifugal clutch cracked it's plates and the bolts were rusted so they bolted the assemble together as a solid unit.  Over the years this plane has given numerous pilots forced landing experience.
Really old ultralights that have been used a lot (or not) need a complete going over.  They were never really intended to last this long.  The newer models are so much better.

Wizard ultralight specifications.

Empty Weight: 250 lbs.
Gross Weight: 550 lbs.
Wing Span: 32.3 ft.
Wing Area: 162 sq ft.
Engine: 440 Kawasaki

Wizard ultralight performance data.

Cruise Speed: .35 mph
Stall Speed: 25 mph.
VNE: .55 mph
Construction: Aluminum tube/dacron/bolt together
Building time: 100 hours.
Original Manufacturer: Ultralight Soaring Inc

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