Slingsby Kirby Tutor

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T.8 Kirby Tutor (Cadet TX.2)
Paul Blanchard (climbing out of glider).jpg
Role Sport Glider
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Slingsby Sailplanes
Designer John Sproule
First flight 1937
Number built T.8 Kirby Tutor - ca 44 (+kits and wing sets) T.8 Cadet TX Mk.2 - 62
Developed from Slingsby T.7 Kirby Kadet and BAC VII
Variants Slingsby T.29 Motor Tutor

The Slingsby T.8 Kirby Tutor was a single-seat sport glider produced from 1937, by Fred Slingsby in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire.

Design and development[edit]

The T.8 Kirby Tutor (a.k.a. Taper-wing Kadet) came about at the request of the Midland Gliding Club which wanted a higher performance aircraft to progress to after the T.7 Kirby Kadet. John Sproule adapted the wings from a BAC VII to fit onto the T.7 Kirby Kadet fuselage. The higher-aspect ratio wings gave a measurable increase in performance for minimum cost. Gliding clubs could also elect to buy the wings alone and fit them to Kirby Kadet fuselages as required. Post-war the absence of spoilers was rectified by a modification which was applied to most surviving aircraft.

History[edit]

The T.8 Kirby Tutor was immediately popular but only seven complete aircraft were sold before the outbreak of World War II, as well as kits of parts, spares and sets of wings (for retrofit to T.7 Kirby Kadets). The T.8 Tutor was also produced for use by the Air Training Corps, being renamed Slingsby T.8 Cadet TX Mk.2. Sixty-two Cadet TX Mk.2s were ordered from 1944 with simple windscreens and landing wheels. Postwar Slingsby sub-contracted Martin Hearn Ltd. to build 25 new T.7 Kirby Kadets and 25 new T.8 Kirby Tutors as well as about a dozen more at Kirbymoorside. The interchangeability of the components led to many hybrid aircraft having wings and fuselages of all types mixed together. During the 1960s the numbers dwindled, especially when an urgent inspection of the main-spars was called for. The cost of the inspection and resultant rectification work often exceeded the value of the aircraft, with many being withdrawn from use.

Operators[edit]

 United Kingdom

Air Training Corps

Specifications[edit]

Data from ,[1] The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs du Monde[2][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 20 ft 10.6 in (6.364 m)
  • Wingspan: 43 ft 5 in (13.24 m)
  • Wing area: 170.0 sq ft (15.79 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 11
  • Airfoil: Göttingen 426
  • Empty weight: 352 lb (159.5 kg) equipped
  • Max takeoff weight: 570 lb (258.5 kg)

Performance

  • Stall speed: 30 mph; 26 kn (49 km/h)
  • Never exceed speed: 90 mph; 78 kn (145 km/h)
  • Aerotow speed: 70 mph (112.7 km/h; 60.8 kn)
  • Winch launch speed: 66 mph (106.2 km/h; 57.4 kn)
  • G limits: +6
  • Rate of sink: 175 ft/min (0.89 m/s) at 33.5 mph (53.9 km/h; 29.1 kn)
  • Lift-to-drag: 18 at 39 mph (62.8 km/h; 33.9 kn)
  • Wing loading: 3.4 lb/sq ft (16.4 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

BAC VII

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ellison, Norman (1971). British Gliders and Sailplanes 1922-1970 (1st ed.). London. p. 178. ISBN 0 7136 1189 8. 
  2. ^ Shenstone, B.S.; K.G. Wilkinson & Peter Brooks (1958). The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs dans Le Monde (in Primarily English with French and German) (1st ed.). Zurich: Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale du Vol a Voile (OSTIV) and Schweizer Aero-Revue. pp. 120–125. 
  3. ^ Bridgman 1956, p. 92

Bibliography[edit]

  • Shenstone, B.S.; K.G. Wilkinson & Peter Brooks (1958). The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs dans Le Monde (in Primarily English with French and German) (1st ed.). Zurich: Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale du Vol a Voile (OSTIV) and Schweizer Aero-Revue. pp. 120–125. 
  • Bridgman, Leonard (1956). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1956-57. London: Jane's All the World's Aircraft Publishing Co. Ltd. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ellison, Norman (1971). British Gliders and Sailplanes. London: A & C Black Ltd. ISBN 0 7136 1189 8. 
  • Simons, Martin (1996). Slingsby Sailplanes (1st ed.). Shrewsbury: Airlife. pp. 162–167. ISBN 1 85310 732 8. 

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