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Culver Rigid Midget


The Rigid Midget glider, designed in 1941, was the direct devolopment of the Culver / Crown Screaming Wiener with span increased by two feet and a different airfoil. Ray Parker finished third in it at the 1947 U.S. Nationals at Wichita Falls, TX where he made one 375 km/ 235 mile flight. One belongs to the National Soaring Museum.


John Hess Auction Service Inc, Manheim, PA 17545, United States, consigned a Nelson-Bowlus BB-1 Dragonfly N33687 Glider and Culver Rigid Midge N215 jr. Racing Glider in May 2015.


Wing span: 11.58m / 38ft
Wing area: 9.29sq.m / 100sq.ft
Empty Weight: 166kg / 365lb
Payload: 84kg / 185lb
Gross Weight: 250kg / 550lb
Wing Load: 26.91kg/sq.m / 5.5lb/sq.ft
MinSink: 0.88 m/s / 2.9 fps / 1.72 kt
L/DMax: 27 at 88 kph/ 48 kt./ 55 mph
No. of Seats: 1
No. Built: 2
Aspect ratio: 14.5
Structure: wood/fabric wings and tail, wood fuselage


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