|Franklin PS-2 training glider is about to be towed aloft by the specially modified car in front.|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Franklin Glider Corporation|
|Designer||R. E. Franklin|
Design and development
The PS-2 is constructed with a steel tube fuselage and a wooden wing, all covered in doped aircraft fabric covering. The wings lack spoilers of other glide-path control devices and are supported by dual, parallel struts. The landing gear is a fixed monowheel and a skid.
In 1934, the PS-2 was the glider of choice for the Lustig Skytrain experiment. The concept was to tow three gliders in tandem, taking off from New York City and releasing one each over Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The gliders were piloted by Jack O'Meara, PS-2 designer R.E. Franklin and Stan Smith. The Skytrain was intended to be a proof-of-concept for a future airline service, but was not pursued.
In 1983, two were reported as being still flown and one was under restoration by the designer's son, Chuck Franklin. The Federal Aviation Administration had seven PS-2s registered in March 2011, including the Franklin-Stevens PS-2.
- Texaco Eaglet
- Prototype with 50-foot (15 m) span wings
- Production model with a 36 ft (11.0 m) wingspan
- Franklin-Stevens PS-2
- Modified model
Aircraft on display
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of Naval Aviation
- National Soaring Museum - four, plus one Franklin-Stevens PS-2
- US Southwest Soaring Museum
- Yankee Air Museum, Belleville, Michigan
- Crew: one
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
- Wing area: 180 sq ft (17 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 7.2:1
- Empty weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
- Gross weight: 400 lb (181 kg)
- Maximum glide ratio: 15:1
- Rate of sink: 150 ft/min (0.76 m/s)
- Wing loading: 2.22 lb/sq ft (10.8 kg/m2)
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- Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 12. Soaring Society of America, November 1983. USPS 499-920
- "Franklin "Texaco Eaglet"". National Air and Space Museum. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- Federal Aviation Administration (March 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- National Soaring Museum (2011). "Sailplanes in Our Collection". Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- US Southwest Soaring Museum (2010). "Sailplanes, Hang Gliders & Motor Gliders". Retrieved 26 May 2011.
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