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Old 07-15-2008, 06:44 AM
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So I have spent the last few weeks looking over every glider type/design that i could find to ponder over. I found this forum and realized the wealth of information you all have. I am attempting a unique project and I am going to need to build a glider from scratch. I need to make a very lightweight small glider that can withstand speeds over 280mph in low air pressure and 10+ G's. Redundancy is key and simple is always great. This is kind of a big question so I know that i probably have left out a lot of details. Please ask questions if i havent given enough info but what do you think would be the best glider design to accomplish these goals?


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Old 07-15-2008, 08:00 PM
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You are probably looking in the wrong forum for gliders, Wattflyer is mainly about electric powered models.

For sheer speed and load capability you probably need to look at dynamic soaring models, here is a link to such a site -

Current top class dynamic soaring gliders have reach speeds in excess of 350mph, I don't know what 'G' they are pulling other than dynamic soaring involves using the turbulent flow of air on the 'wrong' side of a slope soaring hill and building up energy by looping across the airflow.
The models obviously have to withstand some pretty awful loads.

I would recommend explaining as much as possible about your requirements, including size, expected weight, possible duration, and flying conditions.

I think the only other way to achieve the speed you require without a power source would be a vertical dive.

Hope this is of help.
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