T.7 Kirby Cadet
The prototype Kadet showing the straight-backed, fuselage, with raked nost and tall rudder. The glider was finished in clear dope and varnish all over.
PD628 was an early version of the Kirby Kadet, with straight fuselage back and no wheel. Inscribed County Borough of Merthyr Wing, this example is in ATC colours.
This view of the ATC Kadet PD628 clearly shows the camouflage pattern on the glider’s surfaces.
RAF Kirby Cadet VM637. This Mk II glider is pictured in October 1946. The wire bracing between the lift struts is clearly visible.
Two views of the Australian Kadet, imported as a kit in 1939 by members of the Gliding Club of Victoria. It first flew in January 1941 and still survives in Adelaide, but is not airworthy. Note the tall rudder, the absence of a landing wheel and the later type of fuselage.
T.8 Kirby Tutor
Built by D. C. Burgoyne as a Type 7 Cadet, BGA No 657 was brought up to Type 8 standard and is seen here bearing the civil registration G-ALTU, acquired for a short period in 1950.
A post-war Tutor built by Martin Hearn Ltd. The blue stripes of the Derbyshire & Lancashire Gliding Club may be seen on the rudder.
The "taper-wing" Kadet flown at Dunstable in 1938 by Philip Wills.
A Tutor flying at Sutton Bank.
RAF TX Mk 2 Cadet VM634. Note the straight leading edge, the only external visible difference between the Mk 2 wing and that of the Taper-wing Kadet.
John Sproule prepares to rise to the occasion during the first "air-wake" investigations aboard HMS Pretoria Castle in May 1945. At this time the Type 20 was suitably camouflaged, but it was later doped silver overall.
Picture shows the author aloft in the Slingsby Type 20 over HMS Illustrious on October 19, 1949, during the second series of experiments. The first tests had taken place over four years earlier.
The T.20 well clear and ready to rise.
During the 1949 trials, with the enormous fixed flaps in evidence.
Manhandled to a touchdown.
Lt Curry, RN, disappears below deck level, the T.20's wing tip scraping down the side of Illustrious as it descends into the sea on its last flight. The radio mast in which the tow cable became tangled can be seen immediately in front of the glider.
Slingsby Type 7 Kirby Kadet (Cadet)
Slingsby Type 8 Kirby Tutor