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PZL Bielsko SZD 55

pzl-szd55
SZD 55-1


Designed by Tadeusz Labuc, this Standard Class sailplane first flew in 1988. Built from GFRP, epoxy and composites, the wing planform is of the Discus type. It has upper surface double segment Schempp-Hirth type airbrakes for approach control and a 9 kg./ 20 lb. Fin ballast tank in addition to wing tank. An SZD-55 placed second in the Standard Class at the 1991 World Championships at Uvalde TX, and another placed third at the 1993 Worlds at Borlange, Sweden.

Wing span: 15 m / 49.2 ft
Wing area: 9.6 sq.m / 103.33 sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 23.44
Airfoil: NN 27
Empty Weight: 210 kg / 463 lb
Payload: 290 kg / 639 lb
Gross Weight: 500 kg / 1102 lb
Wing Load: 52 kg/sq.m / 10.65 lb/sq.ft
Water Ballast: 220 kg / 441 lb
L/DMax: 43 85 kph / 46 kt / 53 mph
MinSink: 0.63 m/s / 1.6 fps / 1.17 kt
Seats: 1

 

 


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