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Schweizer SGS-1-36 Sprite



Designed by Leslie Schweizer, the all-metal 1-36 Sprite, the final glider model produced by the Schweizer Aircraft Corporation, was conceived as a replacement for the 1-26 one class design The SGS 1-36 Sprite single-seater is intended to be an all-round sailplane, which can be flown and soared by an inexperienced pilot shortly after his first solo, but is also easily capable of Diamond distance flights, and able to offer modern performance, handling and appearance whether as a personal, club or school aircraft. It will serve as a replacement for the veteran SGS 1-26 series, and a one-design competition class was planned.
With a cantilever mid-wing 46-foot wingspan, it has an all-aluminum structure with standard effective dive brakes, T-tail, a large cockpit, and good visibility. Two landing gear positions were offered: a forward-wheel position, which makes the ship a “taildragger,” or an aft-wheel position with a nonspring tailwheel and an aluminum nose skid. The latter is recommended for school and club operation. It has balanced top and bottom surface DFS type airbrakes with the upper surface segment set well back forwards the trailing edge of the wing. The structure is all metal, with fabric cover on rudder and elevator. Standard equipment includes tip wheels, deluxe seat cushions, headrest, and rudder pedal adjusters.
The prototype SGS 1-36 Sprite first flew on 2 August 1979.
First year built 1980.
1982 Standard price US$17,950.
SGS 1-36 Sprite
Wing span: 14m / 46 ft 2 in
Wing area: 13.07sq.m / 140.7sq.ft
Wing Load: 24.63kg/sq.m / 5.05lb/sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 15.15
Airfoil: Wortmann FX 61-163
Length: 20 ft 6 in
Height: 4 ft 7.5 in
Empty Weight: 215kg / 475lb
Payload: 107kg / 235lb
Gross Weight: 322kg / 710lb
Max speed: 109 kt / 123 mph
Stall speed: 31 kt
Rough air airspeed: 93 kt
Max aero-tow speed: 123 mph
L/DMax: 31 77 kph / 42 kt / 48 mph
MinSink: 0.67 m/s / 2.2 fps / 1.30 kt / 135 fpm at 36 kt / 46 mph
Seats: 1
No. Built: 43



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