Applebay GA-II Chiricahua
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Design and development
Applebay started the Chiricahua as a standard class sailplane in 1959, but the aircraft was not completed for 11 years, first flying in 1970. It was named for the Chiricahua people, a group of Apache Native Americans.
The aircraft is made from wood and covered in a combination of plywood and doped Ceconite. Its 15 m (49.2 ft) span wing employs a Göttingen 549 airfoil and features Schempp-Hirth style top surface airbrakes. As originally specified for the standard class, the landing gear was a fixed monowheel.
Only one example was built.
On 7 July 1974 at New River, Arizona the prototype, N9413, was involved in an accident and substantially damaged. The aircraft was on a soaring flight, ran out of lift, made an attempted landing on a road in a 20 kn (37 km/h) crosswind and struck a tree. The 24-year-old pilot, who had 32 hours of flying time total, including 11 hours on type, was not injured. The aircraft has since been re-registered as N53MB.
Data from Sailplane Directory
- Crew: one
- Length: 49 ft 3 in (15 m)
- Wing area: 148.2 sq ft (13.77 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 16.2:1
- Airfoil: Gottingen 549
- Empty weight: 590 lb (268 kg)
- Gross weight: 819 lb (371 kg)
- Wing loading: 5.47 lb/sq ft (26.7 kg/m2)
- Related lists
- Activate Media (2006). "Chiricahua GA-II Applebay". Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- National Transportation Safety Board (August 2011). "NTSB Identification: LAX75DUJ07". Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "FAA Registry N Number Inquiry". FAA. Retrieved 30 October 2012.