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Marsden Gemini

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Chipman Glider Field, the Edmonton Soaring Club, Dr. Dave Marsden's home club, 1982
(courtesy Bruce Friesen)

 

Designed by David Marsden and built by Marsden, E. Dumas and M.D. Jones, the side-by-side two-place Gemini, which flew in 1973, has a genuine variable geometry planform. Marsden, who successfully modified the British Operation Sigma Type C variable geometry glider, used a number of the Sigma features in his design. It has full span 35 % chord Fowler flaps which are extended when climbing and retracted when cruising. When extended, a high maximum coefficient of lift of 2.2 is achieved, giving a good climb performance. The flaps also deflects to 80 degree for approach control. It has slotted ailerons for improved roll control.
 
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First lying in October 1973, during the 1970’s the Gemini set seven Canadian multi-place records, including the 500 km speed triangle.

The Gemini is all metal except for GFRP forward fuselage; stainless steel ribs, fittings and control system.

 

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Wing span: 18.5 m / 60.75 ft
Wing area: 11.52 sq.m / 124 sq.ft
Length: 7.77 m / 25 ft 6 in
Height: 1.52 m / 5 ft 0 in
Empty Weight: 356 kg / 785 lb
Payload: 220 kg / 455 lb
Gross Weight: 576 kg / 1240 lb
Wing Load: 50 kg/sq.m / 10 lb/sq.ft
Water Ballast: 0
Stalling speed: 35 kt / 65 km/h
L/D Max: 40 at 119 kph / 64 kt / 74 mph
Best glide ratio: 38 at 60 kt / 110 km/h
Min Sink: 0.63 m/s / 2.08 fps / 1.23 kt
Min sinking: 0.75 m/sec / 2.46 ft/sec at 43 kt / 80 km/h
Aspect ratio: 29.8
Airfoil: Wortmann FX-61-163/35SF mod.
Seats: 2
No. Built: 1
 
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