|Année du premier vol
(ou de design, si seul projet)
|Designer(s)||KOUROUVAKALIS, Platon & PIKROS, Costas|
|Premier constructeur||KOUROUVAKALIS, Platon & al.|
|Masse à vide||--|
|Taux de chute mini||--|
|Structure||Bois et toile|
|Histoire résumée||Around '68 Platon Kourouvakalis (just Plato to make things simple) and Costas Pikros made preliminary drawings of two wooden sea gliders, a two-seater and a simpler single-seater. Plato's drawing was the two-seater, and he started building it. Finally, Plato designed all the flying machine, C.Pikros designed the part under the water surface. |
The first flights of the "Gliding Fish" (Anemopsaro) were in the Faliron Bay in front of the Royal Yachting Club.
After the flights, we were met by coast guard officers. Fully manned rescue vessels were also arriving. The coast guard had received telephone calls that a airliner has been seen diving in the bay.
Later the "Gliding Fish" went to Ioannina Lake, in NW Greece, for some more flights.
We found no problem in flying the ship, no problem in taking-off or landing.
The main problem, that we did not expect, was the immense drag of the tow-rope in the water. For more than a hundred meters of rope, the power boat could hardly attain take-off speed. After take-off you had to pull hard to unstick the rope from the water.
A drum on the power boat could unreal the rope. But the whole operation was complicated enough. The sea glider was abandoned. [Text from Costas Pikros]
|Liens personnalités||Pas de personnalité associée.|
|Remarques||Anemopsaro = Poisson volant|
|Liens WEB||Site : Hellenic Soaring Archive . Histoire + photos + specs (page Building gliders in Greece). (2015-04-04 CL)|
|Livres||Gliders made in Greece|
par PIKROS, Constantine (2016) [p. 13-15. Texte + photos + plan 3 vues].
|Autres sources||VGC News n° 135, printemps 2012. Photo|
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