I emailed Dave at Fisher Flying Products asking about the lift struts I have seen used on several Celebrities that I’ve seen in pictures. I still have not seen an actual Celebrity “in person”, nor any other completed Fisher design for that matter – just a partially built single seat ultralight at Oshkosh. It seems you have a choice between lift struts or flying wires. Personally, I like the look of flying wires a lot better. It just has that classic wire-braced biplane look. I know that a cylinder shape, such as a wire, has much higher drag than streamlined tubing. A cylindrical object will have 10 times the drag of a streamlined shape of the same frontal area. The wires, however, will be much thinner than struts, 5/32″ — meaning that they would produce drag roughly equivalent to 1-9/16″ wide streamlined struts. BUT… the plans call for 1-1/8″ and 1-1/4″ round tubing for the lift struts. The flying wires would have far less drag than those. I could probably replace the round aluminum tubing with smaller streamlined steel and pick up some drag reduction there, but the fact remains — I just don’t like the look of the lift struts.
It’s not like this airplane will be a speed demon no matter what I do, so I’m not really worried about what may be a small drag penalty for the wires. If I wanted to fly faster and more efficiently without regard for anything else, well, I have an RV-12 for that (acknowledging that “faster” is entirely relative here). It looks like I can have the wires made to my specs by Aircraft Spruce, swaged and tested with professional equipment so I don’t have to worry about getting it perfect on my first try.