Glider, tail-less flying wing, ‘Twin Plank’ VH-GST, and engineering drawings (63), wood / fabric / paper, made by Reginald Todhunter, Australia, 1958

Made by Glidair Sailplanes in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, 1958.

‘Twin Plank’ glider and a collection of drawings and prints for its construction.

Tail-less, high-winged aircraft glider comprises an oval-shaped body and a rounded nose. The glider is made of wood and canvas with a perspex covered cockpit area on the roof and sides, which is hinged from the centre and can open upwards. The glider features cream painted wings with a red painted stripe at either end, a cream painted rear body and red painted nose. Underneath the body of the glider is a single la...

Summary

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'Twin Plank' glider and a collection of drawings and prints for its construction.

Tail-less, high-winged aircraft glider comprises an oval-shaped body and a rounded nose. The glider is made of wood and canvas with a perspex covered cockpit area on the roof and sides, which is hinged from the centre and can open upwards. The glider features cream painted wings with a red painted stripe at either end, a cream painted rear body and red painted nose. Underneath the body of the glider is a single landing wheel and on the top exterior is a metal reinforcement bar. The interior of the cockpit is blue painted metal with double seating, two fabric harnesses, controls and dashboard.

Specifications:
Empty weight: 430lb (195 kg)
Wingspan: 35' 6" (10.8m)
Chord (width of wing): 5' (1.5m)
Fuselage length: 10' 9" (3.2m)
Glider ratio: 18:1
Sink rate: 3' 6"/sec (1m/sec)

Production

The glider was designed by Reg Todhunter, Stephen Marton, Milton Lalas and Al Backstrom and it was built by Glidair Sailplanes at Bankstown in 1958. In 1967 it became the first fully approved tail-less sail plane to fly in Australia.
Glidair Sailplanes 1958
Backstrom, Al

History

The 'Twin Plank' glider was successfully test flown by Reginald Todhunter on May 31 and June 1, 1958 at Bankstown.
Todhunter, Reginald 1958

Source

Gift of Reginald Todhunter, 1981
24 November, 1981

Cite this Object

Glider, tail-less flying wing, 'Twin Plank' VH-GST, and engineering drawings (63), wood / fabric / paper, made by Reginald Todhunter, Australia, 1958 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2017, <https://ma.as/212051>
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