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Glider Club Schweizer SGS I-26 Sailplane

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Model ID#:

0269

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Autogyro

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SGS 1-26

MODEL BY:

K. Anderson

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N/A

MODEL ADDED:

6/30/81

historical significance

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The Schweizer Aircraft Corporation was an American manufacturer of sailplanes, agricultural aircraft and helicopters located in Horseheads, New York. It was incorporated in 1939 by three Schweizer brothers (Paul, William, and Ernest), who built their first glider, the SGP 1-1, in 1930. The Schweizer SGS 1-26 glider (sailplane) is a United States One-Design, single-seat, mid-wing glider built by Schweizer Aircraft of Elmira, New York.

The SGS 1-26 enjoyed a very long production run from its first flight in 1954 until 1979, when production was ended. The 1-26 is the most numerous sailplane found in the United States.

Albuquerque had a number of gliders based here at various airports in the area. The Albuquerque Glider Club used this 1-26 for glider flying lessons. The Sandia Mountains offered an ideal area to find the thermals necessary for flying gliders. A larger glider group has maintained operations in Moriarty, New Mexico for many years and is also home to the US Southwest Soaring Museum.

 

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