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General Aircraft tailless glider

hesham

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Hi,

the General Aircraft Ltd developed the GAL-56 tailless glider,and here
is a variant from it.
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1948/1948%20-%200018.html?search=tailless+glider
 

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There were several versions of the GAL-56 glider, testing different sweep
angles and wing planforms and doing sterling service in the british tailess a/c
research. In one of them died the famous glider pilot Robert Kronfeld :(
 

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Hi, the following report contains much usefull info on the tests done for the G.A. tailless aircraft program http://naca.central.cranfield.ac.uk/reports/arc/rm/2364.pdf

Other good sources of information are' WING OF THE WEIRD AND WONDERFULL' Vol 1 by Cap. Eric Brown pg 106-110, also ' BRITISH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AIRCRAFT' BY Ray Sturivant pg 110-113 and a flying wing book ( this is from memory so DOUBLE check ) by K. Nickel and A. Wolfheart, called ' Flying wing design theory and practice' it has a chapter on the characteristics and problems of the GAL-56.

The Flight article of 26th Sept 1946 mentioned in hesham's Post is also good reading.

Colin
 

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