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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: Swift S-1

Swift S-1
Poland
aerobatic glider



  • Technical data


Span 13.0 m (42 ft 7 in)
Length 6.75 m (22 ft 1 in)
Wing area 11.8 sq m (127 sq ft)
Empty weight 295 kg (650 lb)
Take-off weight 410 kg (904 lb)
Glide ratio 31 at 107 kph (66 mph, 58 kt) optimum speed
Sink rate 0.9 mps (3 fps) at 104 kph (65 mph, 56 kt) economy speed
Minimum speed 78 kph (48 mph, 42 kt)
Max. diving speed 287 kph (178 mph, 155 kt)

 

This is a single seater aerobatics glider of an all-composite construction in a mid-wing configuration. Its design as a follower of the SZD-21 Kobuz 3 was carried out by engineer Edward Margański with co operation of engineer Jerzy Cisowski. The pre-prototype example was flown on 11th January 1990 and the serial version prototype on 6th August 1991.

Production started at the Edward Margański's Aviation Equipment Overhaul and Production Works in Bielsko-Biała in co operation with the Swift Ltd company. 30 examples were built. Flying the Swifts Polish pilots scored numerous wins at the aerobatics gliding world championships.

The exhibit on display (the first prototype with full-span wing) was handed over to the museum by Edward Margański in 1993.

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