Ikarus Meteor
Страна: Югославия
Год: 1956

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Ikarus Meteor

  Yugoslavia has produced relatively few sailplane designs, but several of those that have appeared from this country have made their mark both in contest flying and on future sailplane design trends. Among these is the all-metal Meteor, designed in 1954 by Boris Cijan, Stanko Obad and Miho Mazovec, which team had earlier created the Orao II which had been flown into third place in the 1950 World Championships at Oerebro in Sweden. The Meteor high performance single-seater with its laminar flow wing, camber-changing flaps and very slim fuselage to give minimum cross sectional area set a pattern for the high performance types of today when it first flew from Belgrade on 4 May 1956. It soon made its mark in competition flying, taking fourth or fifth place in the Open Class in the World Championships of 1956, 1958 and 1960 and for a time it held the world speed records for the 100 and 300km triangular closed circuits. The ailerons are divided into inboard and outboard sections, of which the inner sections can be drooped in conjunction with the flaps for landing, and modified DFS-type air brakes are fitted in the wing upper surfaces. The semi-monocoque all-metal fuselage is built in two sections for ease of repair, the rear section being straight tapered with stringers and a stressed skin. The landing gear consists of a bow-shaped front skid that extends some way out from under the forward fuselage, and a retractable monowheel with brake. The pilot is seated under a detachable one-piece canopy.

Data: Meteor 60
Span: 65 ft 7 1/2 in
Length: 26 ft 5 in
Wing area: 172.2 sqft
Aspect ratio: 25.0
Empty weight: 829 lb
Max weight: 1,113 lb
Max speed: 155 mph (in smooth air)
Min sinking speed: 1.77 ft/sec
Best glide ratio: 42:1 at 56 mph
Ikarus Meteor.