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In 1935, the Slingsby Kirby Kite took to the skies over England. A significant feature was the choice of the semi gull-wing planform which, in that timespan, was "very fashionable" and demonstrated markedly better circling capabilty than those aircraft with "straight" wings. We have chosen to model the Type-23, a variant with a landing wheel and an areodynamically optimized wing/fuselage joint in our proven full fiberglass (FG)/composite technology.
marriage of the gull-wing shape with the traditional wood framework and
transparent surface shell proved to be a MAJOR challange for us, that,
based upon customer and public feedback, has been positively met.
The Kirby Kite exhibits
very good thermal flight characteristics and presents an absolutely beautiful
sight with the evening sun shining thru the transparent covering.
|Full FG construction Open frame two-piece wing and tail group, with transparent FG covering FG wing struts.|
|Wingspan:||356 cm (140 in.)||Accessories:|
|Length:||170 cm (67 in.)||Tow release mechanism|
|Weight:||approx. 5Kg (11 lbs)||70mm wheel|