TYPE: Side-by-side kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Replica of 1948 Piper PA-17 Vagabond. Prototype Wag-A-Bond completed May 1978; plans and kits available. Conforms to FAA 51 per cent rule.

CUSTOMERS: 1,519 plans and kits sold by mid-2001.

COSTS: Plans US$66 (2003). Kit US$18,000 (2003).

DESIGN FEATURES: Two persons (Classic and Traveler); Traveler is modified and updated version of Vagabond with port and starboard doors, overhead skylight window, extended sleeping deck (conversion from aircraft to camper interior taking about 2 minutes and accommodating two persons), extended baggage area, engine of up to 85.7 kW (115 hp), and provision for full electrical system.
Wing section USA 35B.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. Horn-balanced rudder. Tab on port elevator.

STRUCTURE: All-wood wing aluminium alloy aileron structures. Welded 4130 steel tube and flat plate fuselage structure, and steel tube tail unit. Complete airframe is fabric covered.

LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable, tailwheel type; as Sport Trainer; mainwheel tyres 7.00-6; Cleveland brakes. Optional skis.

POWER PLANT: Traveler can be powered by a Textron Lycoming engine of 80.5 to 85.7 kW (108 to 115 hp). Classic can be powered by a Teledyne Continental engine of 48.5 to 74.5 kW (65 to 100 hp). Fuel capacity: Traveler 98.4 litres (26.0 US gallons; 21.6 Imp gallons), Classic 45.4 litres (12.0 US gallons; 10.0 Imp gallons).

ACCOMMODATION: Two persons side by side on adjustable bench seat; cabin includes baggage stowage. Forward-opening cabin door on each side of fuselage.

SYSTEMS: Optional electrical system in Traveler.