Rensselaer RP-2

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Role Glider
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Designer Steven J. Winckler
First flight 1985
Status Production completed
Number built one

The Rensselaer RP-2 (for Rensselaer Polytechnic design 2) is an American mid-wing, single-seat, glider that was designed by Steven J. Winckler and produced by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The RP-2 was the second aircraft in Rensselaer's Composite Aircraft Program and first flew in 1985.[1]

The aircraft is of mixed construction, made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, Kevlar and fiberglass. Its 44.25 ft (13.5 m) span wing employs a Boeing 80-163 airfoil and features split flaps. The aircraft weighs just 273 lb (124 kg) empty. The landing gear consists of a conventional glider-style monowheel. The aircraft achieved a 29:1 glide ratio.[1][3]

Operational history[edit]

Initially registered with the Federal Aviation Administration in the Experimental - Amateur-built category, by August 2011 the sole RP-2 built had been removed from the registry.[2]

Specifications (RP-2)[edit]

Data from Sailplane Directory[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 44 ft 3 in (13.49 m)
  • Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 16.4:1
  • Airfoil: Boeing 80-163
  • Empty weight: 273 lb (124 kg)
  • Gross weight: 437 lb (198 kg)


  • Maximum glide ratio: 29:1 at 45 mph (72 km/h)
  • Rate of sink: 136 ft/min (0.69 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 3.64 lb/sq ft (17.8 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d Activate Media (2006). "RP-2 Rensselaer". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Federal Aviation Administration (August 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 24 August 2011.