|Année du premier vol
(ou de design, si seul projet)
|Premier constructeur||Peel Glider Boat Corporation, College Point, Queens (USA)|
|Type d'appareil||Hydroplaneur Biplan|
|Surface alaire||25.08 m2|
|Masse à vide||113 kg|
|Masse maxi||272 kg|
|Charge alaire||10.84 kg/m2|
|Taux de chute mini||--|
|Structure||Fuselage coque entièrement en duralumin (ainsi que les deux flotteurs). Ailes en bois et entoilées.|
|Infos techniques||Wing Span 31 ft.|
Length 22 ft.
Wing Area 270 sq. ft.
Empty Weight 270 lbs.
Gross Weight 600 lbs.
Maximum Speed 30 mph
|Histoire résumée||The Peel Glider Boat Company of Flushing Bay, NY was in business around 1930, designing and building the Glider Boat, a biplane glider with stepped flying boat hull and wingtip floats. A number of examples were sold. The two occupants sat in tandem in an open cockpit with conventional controls, but without instruments. Normal method of launch was behind a motor boat, the towrope being joined to a bridle which attached to either side of the nose outside the front cockpit. One example belongs to the National Soaring Museum.|
The Peel Glider-Boat Company designed the Glider Boat to be a low cost glider that would appeal to individuals who couldn’t afford to buy an airplane, but were still caught up in the flying fever that swept America following Charles Lindbergh’s epic 1927 flight.
The Glider Boat was a biplane glider with a stepped flying boat hull and wingtip floats. Two people could sit tandem in the Glider Boat’s open cockpit, which had conventional dual controls, but no instruments.
The Glider Boat was designed to be towed aloft behind a speed boat cruising at 25 miles per hour. The tow rope was joined to a bridle which attached to either side of the nose outside the front cockpit. Once the Glider Boat reached 1000 feet altitude, or the maximum height the tow rope would allow, the rope was cut loose and the aircraft would glide to a gentle landing on the water. At a glide ratio of 18 to 1, the Glider Boat was capable of traveling about three and a half miles with a thousand foot tow line.
Beginning in 1930, a total of 30 Peel Glider Boats were built before the company folded due to the Depression.
|Liens personnalités||Pas de personnalité associée.|
|Liens WEB||Site : AirVenture Museum . Texte + photo. (2010-01-21 CL)|
Site : Cradle of Aviation Museum . Note + affiche. (2010-01-21 CL)
Site : Alex Sailplane Directory . Note + 1 photo + specs. (2010-01-21 CL)
Site : Wings of History . Mention du planeur loué par le National Soaring Museum. (2010-01-21 CL)
|Livres||Pas de livre référencé.|
|Autres sources||The Peel Glider Boat, SAM 21 Clipper n°115, janvier 2010. Texte + 2 photos.|
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