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Schultz ABC / TG-16


The ABC, an Art Schultz development of the simpler, shorter span Midwest MU-1 designed three years earlier, won the 1937 Eaton design competition. The result was due largely to its design and ease of construction, while the much higher performing Ross-Stephens RS-1 Zanonia placed second due to complicated construction and emphasis on ground tow capability. The first all-metal Schweizer sailplane, the SGU-1-6, was third.

The structure was steel tube fuselage and tail, two-spar two-strut wood wing, all fabric coverd. The ABC was offered in plan form and a few were built prior to World War II. After the outbreak of war, one was used as the TG-16 at the USAAC glider training school in Mobile, Alabama.

Wing span: 14.78 m / 48.5 ft
Wing area: 16.26 sq.m / 175 sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 13.2
Airfoil: NACA 6212
Empty Weight: 136 kg / 300 lb
Payload: 77 kg / 170 lb
Gross Weight: 213 kg / 470 lb
Wing Load: 13.1 kg/sq.m / 2.69 lb/sq.ft
L/DMax: 18
MinSink: 0.85 m/s / 2.8 fps / 1.66 kt
Seats: 1
Number built: 4



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