By Paul A. Schweizer

This background of Schweizer sailplanes encompasses a bankruptcy on all of the 22 diversified glider forms outfitted via the Schweizers. The publication explains how each one kind was once constructed and provides info of its development, specified gains, the way it flew and any remarkable flights made through each one style.

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Thick 52 S alloy with vertical stiffeners and lightening holes. Ahead of the spar the torsionresisting D nose was metal skinned, with fabric covering behind and for the ailerons. All major structural joints were riveted using 53 SW rivets or aircraft steel bolts. 2 PK screws instead of rivets, since they had proved very satisfactory on the SGU 1-6 and the SGU 1-7. The fuselage was a welded-steel-tube space frame, fabric covered, and the tail unit was metal-framed with fabric covering. s. Navy version oj the SGS 2-8, known as the LNS-l.

Navy version oj the SGS 2-8, known as the LNS-l. In the cockpit is Capt. Ralph Barnaby, and standing by are Ernie, Paul and Bill Schweizer with Johnny Robinson and Capt. Brown. BELOW: The line-up ojTG-2 sailplanes at the 29 Palms Military Glider School, California. ----------------------------------10 SAILPLANES BY SCHWEIZER ----------------------------------- The Airhoppers placed an order, and construction was started in the autumn of 1937, with delivery promised for the 1938 Nationals. The price we settled for was a bit over $1,000, for which we had to design, tool and build the sailplane: a tight budget.

He brought it back to our bam for repair and stayed with us until the work was completed. He helped us to stitch the fabric on the nose section using his curved surgical needles. Pterodactyl had its leading edges in natural aluminium and the rest of the sailplane was doped light cream. The Altosaurus Club had one of their members paint a pterodactyl on each side of the fuselage. They loved the 1-7 and did a great deal of flying with it, but as the members graduated and left university they scattered to the four winds, the club dissolved and Pterodactyl was sold.

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