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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Glider: SZD-27 Kormoran

SZD-27 Kormoran
Poland
advanced training glider
1965



  • Technical data


Span 17.0 m (55 ft 9 in)
Length 6.25 m (26 ft 2 in)
Wing area 19.3 sq m (207.7 sq ft)
Empty weight 382 kg (842 lb)
Take-off weight 552 kg (1217 lb)
Glide ratio 28.1 at 93 kph (58 mph, 50 kt)
Sink rate 0.8 mps (2.6 fps) at 80 kph (50 mph, 43 kt)
Minimum speed 64 kph (40 mph, 35 kt)
Max. diving speed 235 kph (146 mph, 127 kt)

 

The first all-metal glider built in Poland.

In 1960, the Aero Club of the Polish People’s Republic commissioned the design of a two-seat all-metal glider intended for training. The idea of introducing a metal glider was to unify the equipment in aero clubs by limiting the number of types used. In addition, metal gliders could be stored under an open sky.

In response to the requirements two designs were prepared: SZD-27 Kormoran (kormorant) designed by engineer Józef Niespał at the Glider Experimental Workshops in Bielsko and PZL M-8 Pelikan. The SZD-27 was chosen for development. The prototype was flown on 2 January 1965 by test pilot Adam Zientek. Series production was not undertaken and only two prototypes were built. However, the manufacture of an all-metal glider allowed the Glider Experimental Workshops to gain the experience needed in designing and building metal constructions.

The first prototype registered as SP-2463 was flown at the Aero Club of Poznań from 1968 until 1981. In 1982 it was donated to the Museum. On display is the glider's fuselage.

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