CIL Reghin Albatros

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RG-9 Albatros
Role Tandem seat glider
National origin Romania
Manufacturer Complexu Industrializare Lemnului - Reghin
Designer Vladimir Novitchi
First flight 1 June 1958
Number built 25

The CIL Reghin RG-9 Albatros was a tandem seat, all wood glider designed and produced in small numbers at the CIL (Complexu Industrializare Lemnului - Reghin) in Romania in the 1950s.

Design and development[edit]

The Albatros was a wooden glider with a cantilever mid-set wing. The wings had a root chord of 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in), tapering to 0.66 m (2 ft 2 in) at the tip and carried 1.50° of dihedral. They were built around a single spar with a plywood covered leading edge torsion box in front of it and fabric covered behind. The wing carried wooden, fabric covered ailerons and airbrakes.[1]

The fuselage of the Albatros was a plywood monocoque and the empennage was also wooden and fabric covered, with the tailplane set at the top of the fuselage. The occupants sat in tandem under a continuous canopy with two separately sideways opening sections. It had a fixed undercarriage with two wheels on a short axle under the fuselage and an integral nose skid. At rest, it sat on its wheels and tail.[1]

The Albatros first flew on 1 June 1958. In all, 25 were built.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1966/7[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.98 m (26 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.45 m (54 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 20 m2 (220 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 13.5
  • Airfoil: Göttingen 535/539
  • Empty weight: 290 kg (639 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 470 kg (1,036 lb)

Performance

  • Stall speed: 55 km/h (34 mph; 30 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: best 25:1 at 79 km/h (49 mph)
  • Rate of sink: 0.85 m/s (167 ft/min) best, at 55 km/h (34 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Taylor, John W R (1966). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1966-67. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. p. 399.