The Locust was designed as a smaller alternative to the comparable Super SkyManx, around the same time as the SkyGnat. The Locust was to supplant the Super SkyManx, while the SkyGnat was to complement the Gnat. In flight testing, the Locust excelled, demonstrating its clean shape was very aerodynamic and capable. Although the Locust flew before the SkyGnat, the Locust was held to make way for other projects--the SkyGnat being one of them.
Given its shape, I believe the Locust could be used as a small replica (albeit perhaps inaccurate in certain regards) for many real aircraft. Additionally, the Locust has great potential for usage by educators, including studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance