La Mouette Topless

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Topless
Role Hang glider
National origin France
Manufacturer La Mouette
Introduction 1995
Status Production completed

The La Mouette Topless is a French high-wing, single-place, hang glider that was designed and produced by La Mouette.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Topless was introduced in 1995 and was the first commercially produced modern hang glider without a kingpost and upper flying wires. Intended as a competition glider, it was based on the development work of Christof Krazner.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from aluminum tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. It was built in three different sizes, designated by their metric wing areas and all with a nose angle of 132°.[1]

Variants[edit]

Topless 11
Small-size model for lighter pilots. Its 9.84 m (32.3 ft) span wing has a wing area of 11 m2 (120 sq ft) and an aspect ratio of 8.8:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 40 to 60 kg (88 to 132 lb).[1]
Topless 12.8
Medium-size model for mid-weight pilots. Its 10.12 m (33.2 ft) span wing has a wing area of 12.8 m2 (138 sq ft) and an aspect ratio of 8.0:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 50 to 75 kg (110 to 165 lb).[1]
Topless 13.5
Large-size model for heavier pilots. Its 10.12 m (33.2 ft) span wing has a wing area of 13.5 m2 (145 sq ft) and an aspect ratio of 7.5:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 60 to 92 kg (132 to 203 lb).[1]

Specifications (Topless 12.8)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 10.12 m (33 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 12.8 m2 (138 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 8:1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 46. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ La Mouette (n.d.). "Begins". Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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