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Reghin RG-9 Albatros
The second of Ing Vladimir Novitchi's sailplanes to go into service with Romanian clubs was the RG-9 Albatros tandem two-seater trainer, which first flew in prototype form on 1 June 1958, and of which 25 were built. It is of conventional wooden construction, characterised by a cantilever mid wing and a long cockpit canopy with two separate sideways opening sections for pilot exit and entry. The wooden wings each have a plywood leading edge torsion box and fabric covering aft of the spar; air brakes are fitted and the wooden ailerons are fabric covered. The fuselage is a plywood monocoque, and the landing gear consists of twin wheels under the centre fuselage plus a skid under the nose. The cantilever tail unit is of wooden construction.
Span: 54 ft 0 in
Length: 26 ft 2 in
Wing area: 215 sqft
Aspect ratio: 13.5
Empty weight: 639 lb
Max weight: 1,036 lb
Min sinking speed: 2.79 ft/sec at 38.5 mph
Best glide ratio: 25:1 at 49 mph

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