|T65 Vega and Sport Vega|
|Role||15 Metre class sailplane|
|National origin||United Kingdom|
|First flight||3 June 1977|
The Vickers-Slingsby T-65 Vega is a 15-metre class class glider which first flew on 3 June 1977. Of fibreglass construction, it features linked camber-changing flaps and airbrakes, and a retractable main and tailwheel.
A simplified version called the T-65C Sport Vega has a non-retractable mainwheel and hinged trailing edge airbrakes instead of flaps. This version of the Vega first flew on 18 December 1979 and has no provision for water ballast.
- Initial production version first flown in 1977.
- One production glider was designated T65B.
- T65C Sport Vega
- Fixed-wheel with no flaps or water ballast, first flown in 1980.
- T65D Vega
- Increased water ballast to 350 lb (160 kg) and increased all up weight to 1,120 lb (510 kg).
- Vega 17L
- Gliders fitted with optional wingtips to increase span to 17 metres.
Data from Slingsby Sailplanes.
- Crew: One
- Length: 22 ft 0 in (6.72 m)
- Wingspan: 49 ft 3 in (15.00 m)
- Wing area: 109 sq ft (10.1 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 22.4
- Empty weight: 519 lb (236 kg)
- Gross weight: 1,120 lb (510 kg)
- Maximum speed: 160 mph (250 km/h, 140 kn)
- Maximum glide ratio: 42
- Rate of sink: 132 ft/min (0.67 m/s)
- Hardy, Michael (1982). Gliders & Sailplanes of the World. Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. p. 173. ISBN 0 7110 1152 4.
- Coates, Andrew (1980). Jane's World Sailplanes and Motor Gliders. London: Jane's Publishing Company. p. 133. ISBN 0 7106 0017 8.
- Martin Simons, Slingsby Sailplanes, ISBN 1-85310-732-8
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