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Can you identify this glider?

Old 10-02-2009, 11:02 PM
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I believe it was plans built..but it may have been a kit. The guy I got it from called it the U2. I have no idea of the name. It has wingtiplets, a removeable deck lid over the wing. It also has steel wing spar glued into the fuselage ,there are tubes in the wings that slip onto the spar.

I am pretty sure it is a slope glider although I have installed an electric motor. Oh yeah the wingspan is about 74.5 inchs.

I know the cg is probably at about 1/4 of the chord back..plus a little. But it would be nice to know for sure..and have any info that might amount to flight characteristics.

I appreciate any help, I know you guys have helped me get the BOT up there..
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:54 PM
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Don't know what it is but its a beaut!!! Let us know how it flies, with photos if possible.
Old 10-03-2009, 12:08 AM
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Its been framed up for around 10-12 years I suppose? I am the third owner and decided to cover it the last few days..

i figured it had sit long enough !
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well we had a club auction today, and i was able to trace down the plans and found all the information myself..here it is...

its a LOCKHEED U2 designed by Gus Morfis ....cg was on the spar which seemed a little to far back to me, but I am no expert on glider airfoils ...so I am close on the balance .....
Old 10-04-2009, 07:39 PM
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just an update, I did the first test flight..not exactly a glorious one either !


there was a bit more wind than I would have preferred and it was across the field. I got a good hand launch and climbed out with some bumpy wind gusts..It wanted more down trim under power than glide so I will increase the down thrust. It just flew a little flaky !! I am adding a tiny bit of nose weight for the next try. The plane was unstable..and even with all the dihedral it snapped out of slow corner way to easy a couple times. I thought it would fly more like my ninja..but I was wrong. If I had been lower it woulda been game over on one snap.. It was very slow to recover. I hope with a couple changes it will be a more relaxing plane to fly...It sure wasn't today ! hahaha, I wonder why I haven't heard of alot of people flying this design?

Finally I brought it around to land over some tall dry corn..it just was unpredictable..my buddy said throttle up a couple times and I did, the last time I was slow to use power and it tip stalled on the edge of the corn and dropped on the nose. It cracked the fuselage in a few areas... , Usually I have a decent feel for the plane..almost like your hand is on the stick onboard.. But this one had me scratching my head..not fun !
It seemed to penetrate the wind ok, but I wouldn't rate the glide ratio very highly.. it is a slope design and never mean't to be a duration machine though.

We will try some changes, and give it another go !

Anyhow it needed to be flown,sold, or crashed eventually.

The pioneers do take the arrows !
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Good to hear how these projects develop, and progress. It is a smart looking design. The nice thing is you do have the plans! You will get it worked out I'm sure.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:55 PM
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Took the glider out after making some changes.. But it was windy/nasty.

My friend tested a few changes on a 100 inch sig riser, and it was HAIRY ! We decided to give the U2 a pass and try it later. I sure hope it will be better..there was a lot of room for improvement !

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