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Mustang 2


Airwave’s first production glider with the Hybrid sail was the Mustang in spring 2005. Much of the design of the Mustang has been directly handed down from Airwave’s Magic FR competition glider.


The internal structure is very similar, using the tri-cell diagonal system. The spanwise tension is also controlled with horizontal bands on the trailing edge on the bottom surface as well as internal bands on the unsupported cells close to the top surface to help reduce unwanted wobbliness or movement within the wing.


The Mustang is constructed from 586 separate pieces of ripstop nylon66 high tenacity cloth, each piece being a different shape designed using Airwave’s CAD system. This number of panels excludes all the reinforcing patches.


Optimisation of the sail cut, wind tunnel tests, the aerodynamic profile, an aspect ratio of 5.8, and minimal line length are all performance refinements that have led to the glide performance of the Mustang. The Mustang, with a trim speed glide performance close to 9:1, has a surprisingly flat polar for a wing of this class.


The concept of mixing cloths on the top surface, putting Gelvenor on the first stripe of the leading edge and 39 gm/m, Porcher 9017 E38A on the rest of the top surface, has the objective to make a glider that lasts just as long as a 100% Gelvenor wing, but with the lighter overall. The result is the Hybrid top surface.


The Mustang has a progressive system where the tip is fully closed as usual and then as you move towards the centre of the wing there are progressively more and more open cells until you reach the fully open section in the centre. This gives just the right amount of air circulation, excellent inflation and enhanced performance.


The wing reacts well to weightshift, barley needing brakes to swing into a coordinated turn, making the Mustang great for aerobatics.


The Mustang has a tendency to self-centre in the thermal, and it is simple to adjust your bank angle to match exactly the size of your thermal.


The Mustang 2 kept the same basic profile and shape but was re-tuned with an increase ofy 1sq.m without taking away any of the original Mustang’s agility. This slightly larger sail gave a better sink rate at all speeds and has dramatically decreased the stall speed from the Mustang 1’s 23 km/h, to 20 km/h.


At the top end of the speed range the new profile technology has given the Mustang 2 greater stability when accelerated giving the glider a large and very usable speed range


A development in line layout has given the Mustang 2 a longer more progressive brake range that its predecessor whilst keeping the same level of agility and making the wing even more responsive to small precise brake movements. The line layout has been simplified resulting in less line, less drag and hence a better glide at speed and the accelerator redesigned to be more like competition wings.
Price in 2008 EUR 2730

Mustang XS
Linear scaling factor: 0,92
Projected area: 18,35 sq.m
Flat area: 20,93 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 4,7 kg
Total line length: 359 m
Height: 7,50 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 94/57
Flat aspect ratio: 5,72
Projected aspect ratio: 4,33
Root cord: 2,41 m
Flat span: 10,94 m
Projected span: 8,92 m
Weight range: 50-70 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1,1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: Load Test

Mustang S
Linear scaling factor: 0,96
Projected area: 19,98 sq.m
Flat area: 22,79 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 5,2 kg
Total line length: 376 m
Height: 7,82 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 94/57
Flat aspect ratio: 5,72
Projected aspect ratio: 4,33
Root cord: 2,51 m
Flat span: 11,42 m
Projected span: 9,30 m
Weight range: 65-85 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1,1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

Mustang M
Linear scaling factor: 1
Projected area: 21,68 sq.m
Flat area: 24,73 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 5,6 kg
Total line length: 390 m
Height: 8,20 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 94/57
Flat aspect ratio: 5,72
Projected aspect ratio: 4,33
Root cord: 2,62 m
Flat span: 11,98 m
Projected span: 9,75 m
Weight range: 80-100 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1,1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

Mustang L
Linear scaling factor: 1,04
Projected area: 23,45 sq.m
Flat area: 26,75 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 6,1 kg
Total line length: 413 m
Height: 8,47 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 94/57
Flat aspect ratio: 5,72
Projected aspect ratio: 4,33
Root cord: 2,72 m
Flat span: 12,37 m
Projected span: 10,08 m
Weight range: 95-120 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1,1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

Mustang XL
Linear scaling factor: 1,08
Projected area: 25,29 sq.m
Flat area: 28,85 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 6,5 kg
Total line length: 432 m
Height: 9,15 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 94/57
Flat aspect ratio: 5,72
Projected aspect ratio: 4,33
Root cord: 2,83 m
Flat span: 13,36 m
Projected span: 10,89 m
Weight range: 115-140 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1,1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: Load Test

MUSTANG 2 S
Projected area: 20.64 sq.m
Flat area: 23.57 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 5.5 kg
Total line length: 376 m
Height: 7.5 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 57
Flat aspect ratio: 5.7
Root cord: 2.56 m
Weight range: 65-85 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1.1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

MUSTANG 2 M

Projected area: 22.40 sq.m
Flat area: 25.58 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 6.0 kg
Total line length: 385 m
Height: 7.63 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 57
Flat aspect ratio: 5.7
Root cord: 2.67 m
Weight range: 83-103 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1.1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

MUSTANG 2 L
Projected area: 24.23 sq.m
Flat area: 27.67 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 6.5 kg
Total line length: 413 m
Height: 8.25 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 57
Flat aspect ratio: 5.7
Root cord: 2.77 m
Weight range: 100-120 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1.1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

MUSTANG 2 XL
Projected area: 26.61 sq.m
Flat area: 30.39 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 7.1 kg
Total line length: 432 m
Height: 9.07 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 57
Flat aspect ratio: 5.7
Root cord: 2.91 m
Weight range: 115-140 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1.1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: DHV 2

MUSTANG 2 XXL
Projected area: 28.38 sq.m
Flat area: 33.13 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 7.5 kg
Total line length: 434 m
Height: 9.32 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3/2
Cells: 57
Flat aspect ratio: 5.7
Root cord: 2.97 m
Weight range: 135-160 kg
Trim speed: 37 Km/h
Top speed: 55 Km/h
Min sink: 1.1 m/sec
Best glide: 9
Certification: Load Test

 

 


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