Rubik R-26 Góbé



The R-26 Gobe metal and fabric two-seater sailplane was developed from the R-23 Gebics and R-24 Bibic and has a conventional fabric-covered cantilever metal tail unit with the tailplane mounted part of the way up the fin, and lower aspect ratio (10.88) constant chord wings.
The first of two R-26 Gobe prototypes made its maiden flight on 6 May 1961 and an initial production batch of 50 was put in hand. The cantilever high wings are single-spar all-metal structures with a leading edge torsion box and fabric-covered from the 35% chord line aft; the slotted metal ailerons are also fabric-covered and DPS air brakes are fitted. The metal monocoque fuselage is partly fabric-covered and the landing gear consists of a non-retractable monowheel with a torsion rubber spring and a brake. The two pilots are seated in tandem under a sideways-opening blown plastic canopy.
- R-26P1 - 1st prototype, v-tail
- R-26P2 - 2nd prototype, conventional tail
- R-26SU - Góbé 82, renewed production version, 78 built 1982/'82 at Szombathely
- R-26M Motor Góbé - motorized Góbé (pusher engine above wing)
- R-26S - serial production version, 115 built 1963/'65 at Esztergom
Wing span: 14 m / 45 ft 11 in
Wing area: 18 sq.m / 193.75 sq.ft
Length: 29 ft 5 in
Empty Weight: 240kg / 529lb
Payload: 200kg / 441lb
Gross Weight: 440kg / 970lb
Wing Load: 24.4kg/sq.m / 5lb/sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 10.88
L/DMax: 23.7 @ 81 kmh / 44 kt / 50 mph
Airfoil: Go 549 modified
Max speed: 106 mph (in smooth air)
Max aero-tow speed: 68.5 mph
MinSink:0.97 m/s / 3.18 fps @44kts/81kmh/50mph
No. of Seats: 2
Structure: aluminum, fabric cover on wings.