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Nelson Hummingbird PG-185B

Nelson Hummingbird PG 185-B.
Designed by Harry Perl & Ted Nelson, Nelson developed the Hummingbird in 1953 after discontinuing the Dragonfly. It is a two-place tandem self-launching sailplane. The fixed gear is two wheels in tandem, the front one steerable with rudder pedals. It features an all-moving horizontal tail with anti-balance tab, spoilers and dive brakes, and styrofoam-filled leading edges. The original version, of which two were built, was almost all wood; later models were metal.
Built by the Nelson Aircraft Corporation of Irwin, Pennsylvania, which firm also makes the 45hp Nelson H-63CP four-cylinder horizontally-opposed two-stroke engine that powers it. This is mounted aft of the cockpit and drives a two-blade fixed-pitch pusher propeller; it retracts forward into the fuselage behind the one-piece tear drop cockpit canopy when not in use.

Three or four were built, including N68581, N68959. Two belong to the National Soaring Museum, and one belongs to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington.




Engine: 40 kW/ 40 bhp. Nelson H-59
Span: 54 ft 0 in / 16.46m
Length: 22 ft 0 in
Wing area: 185.0 sqft / 17.18sq.m
Aspect ratio: 15.76
Airfoil: Go 549 (root), Go 676 (tip)
Empty Weight: 363kg / 800lb
Gross Weight: 544kg / 1200 lb
Max speed: 120 mph
Cruising speed: 90mph
Stall: 39 mph
MinSink: 25 at 89 kph / 48 kt / 55 mph
L/DMax: 0.91 m/s / 3.0 fps / 1.78kt
Seats: 2







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