Jongblood Primary

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Jongblood Primary
Jongblood Primary N1461.jpg
Role Glider
National origin United States
Designer Mike Jongblood
First flight 1967
Introduction 1967
Status Sole example reported as "in storage" in 1983
Number built One

The Jongblood Primary is an American single-seat, high-wing, strut-braced primary glider designed by Mike Jongblood of southern California and first flown in 1967. The aircraft is unusual in that primary gliders went out of fashion in the 1930s and few have been built since.[1][2][3]

Design and development[edit]

Jongblood designed and built this primary glider in 1966, with assistance from Hugh Knoop. The design was original and includes an original airfoil design as well, designated as a Jongblood II section.[1][2]

The aircraft is built from wood and covered in doped aircraft fabric covering. The glider has a detachable pod to cover the pilot or can be flown open cockpit. It has a constant chord wing with a 4 ft (1.2 m) chord and a 32.5 ft (9.9 m) span. The wing features dual parallel struts and jury struts, but has no spoilers or other glidepath control devices. The tailplane is also strut-braced. Unlike most earlier primary glider designs that land on a fixed skid, this aircraft has a fixed monowheel.[1]

Only one was ever constructed.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The Primary had accumulated over 200 auto-tows and seven aerotows, along with nine hours of flying time, by the end of 1968 and by 1983 had flown 22 hours total. It had flown a single three-hour flight and had recorded a height gain of 8,000 ft (2,438 m).[1]

By 1983 the aircraft was reported as being in storage. In May 2011 it was still on the Federal Aviation Administration registry listings, although its registration had expired on 31 March 2011.[1][2]

Specifications (Jongblood Primary)[edit]

Data from Soaring[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 6 in (9.91 m)
  • Wing area: 125 sq ft (11.6 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 8:1
  • Airfoil: Jongblood II
  • Empty weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
  • Gross weight: 450 lb (204 kg)


  • Maximum glide ratio: 8:1 at 30 mph (48 km/h)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 44 Soaring Society of America November 1983. USPS 499-920
  2. ^ a b c Federal Aviation Administration (May 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Activate Media (2006). "Dagling T.3 Slingsby". Retrieved 16 May 2011.