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Schweizer SGS 2-32

SGS 2-32
Role Open-class sailplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Schweizer Aircraft Corporation
Designer Ernest Schweizer[1]
First flight 3 July 1962[2]
Number built 87

The Schweizer SGS 2-32 is an American two-seat, mid-wing, two or three-place glider built by Schweizer Aircraft of Elmira, New York.[3]

The 2-32 was designed to be the highest performance two-place glider available, when it first flew in 1962. The 2-32 has been used as a tourist glider, trainer, cross-country and high-altitude sailplane and has set many US and world records. A total of 87 aircraft were completed.[1][3][4][5]

Contents

  • Design and development 1
    • Derivative designs 1.1
  • Operational history 2
  • Aircraft on display 3
  • Specifications (2-32) 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Design and development

The SGS 2-32 was conceived as a mass-produced sailplane of modest performance to act as a step-up from the SGU 2-22 trainer then in common use in North America. After careful examination of the potential market, the company decided to produce a higher performance sailplane with a greater wingspan instead.[4]

The 2-32 design was started in 1961 and completed with certification under type certificate G1EA on 19 June 1964.[4][6]

The 2-32 is all-metal, with a semi-monocoque aluminum fuselage and cantilever wings of 57 foot (17.37 m) span. It has top-and-bottom divebrakes and an all-flying stabilator tail.[1][3]

The aircraft seats two or three, with one seat in the front cockpit and a double bench seat in the back suitable for two smaller people of 150 lb (68 kg) each, maximum. The aircraft is often described a "212 seater".[1][3][4]

The ability to carry two passengers, plus its complete and comfortable interior has made the 2-32 a popular aircraft with commercial glider operators for conducting tourist flights. The ability to carry two passengers doubled profitability for rides.[4]

The first customer aircraft were delivered in 1964, shortly after certification was completed.[4]

The type certificate is currently held by K & L Soaring of Cayuta, New York. K & L Soaring now provides all parts and support for the Schweizer line of sailplanes.[6][7]

Derivative designs

The SGS 2-32 has been the basis of several derivative designs, including:[5]

Operational history

As soon as it entered service many pilots realized that this high performance two-place sailplane would be ideal to break many of the two-place records previously set by lower performance gliders.[3][4]

At one time the 2-32 held the two-place speed records over 100 km, 300 km and 500 km courses, as well as many distance, out and return and altitude records in both the men's and women's categories. 2-32s were also flown in the 1964 US Nationals.[3][4]

Some of the records set by pilots flying SGS 2-32s include:

  • World record two-place out and return flight, 404 miles (654 km), May 23, 1970, Joe Lincoln and Cris Crowl. Lincoln's 2-32, named Cibola, had special longer wings of 67-foot (20 m) span installed that increased performance further.[4]
  • World record two-place speed over 100 km (63 miles) Triangle, 74 mph (120 km/h), 1971, Joe Lincoln.[4]
  • World record two-place feminine absolute altitude 35,463 feet (10,809 m) and altitude gain 24,545 feet (7848 m), 5 March 1975, Babs Nutt.[1][3]

In May 2014 there were still 58 2-32s registered in the USA[11] and one in Canada.[12]

In USAF service at the United States Air Force Academy the 2-32 was known as the TG-5.

Aircraft on display

The National Soaring Museum has two SGS 2-32s in its collection, N2767Z and N8600R, the prototype.[13][14] N8600R is currently on loan to and on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.[15]

Specifications (2-32)

Two SGS 2-32s used for tourist flights, Dillingham Airfield Oahu, 1993

Data from The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs du Monde Volume II[2] and Colorado Soaring Association [16]

General characteristics
  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: two passengers
  • Length: 26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
  • Wingspan: 57 ft 0 in (17.37 m)
  • Height: 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m) at cockpit
  • Wing area: 180 sq ft (16.7 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 18.05
  • Airfoil: RootNACA 633618, MidNACA 633618, Tip NACA 43 012A
  • Empty weight: 831 lb (377 kg) equipped
  • Gross weight: 1,430 lb (649 kg) Above 608 kg (1340 lb) only utility class

Performance

  • Stall speed: 46 mph (40 kn; 74 km/h)
  • Never exceed speed: 157 mph; 136 kn (252 km/h)
  • G limits: +5.8 -3.8 at 164.0 mph; 142.5 kn (264 km/h)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 35 at 55.9 mph; 48.6 kn (90 km/h)
  • Rate of sink: 124 ft/min (0.63 m/s) at 46.0 mph; 40.0 kn (74 km/h)
  • Wing loading: 6.0 lb/sq ft (29.3 kg/m2)

See also

Related lists

Notes

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  16. ^ SGS 2-32 at Colorado Soaring Association

References

External links

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