The Velocity is a large, easy to build kit aircraft which Danny Maher based on the Long-EZ, an aircraft initially created by famed designer Burt Rutan. The first plane flew in 1985 and it is still being produced today. The Velocity has large glass panels for visibility and gull wing doors which open upwards for ease of access. The main Delta wing is shaped like an elongated triangle with the point closer to the front of the plane. The "XL" is for extra-long, and the "RG" is for retractable gear.
The Velocity has contributed two features to aircraft development. The aircraft is made from composite materials including fiberglass, carbon fiber, structural foam and resin. The outer shell of the plane, combined with the foam core provides strength, so the wing can withstand a load 9 times the force of gravity. The materials used in the structure are very light, which is ideal in experimental aircraft and makes the plane 300 to 400 pounds lighter than a similar size metal plane. The second unique feature of the Velocity is the lifting canard design. The canard is a smaller wing located in front of the main wing, and gives the plane extra lift and stability. The Wright brothers used an early canard design on the Wright Flyer.