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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: PW-2 Gapa

PW-2 Gapa
Poland
primary training glider
1985



  • Technical data


Span 11.0 m (36 ft)
Length 5.5 m (18 ft)
Wing area
Empty weight
Take-off weight 220 kg (485 lb)
Glide ratio 12.5 at 61 kph (33 kt)
Sink rate
Minimum speed
Max. diving speed

 

The Gapa was designed in 1984 at Warsaw University of Technology by a team of students and assistants, supervised by Dr Roman Świtkiewicz. The prototype first flew in 1985. The glider features a high-wing layout with braced wings. It is made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic. The trailing section of the wing is fabric-covered. The wing struts rotate, acting as airbrakes.

The glider is intended for basic training with the use of winch or rubber bungee launch. In 1990 series production began. 19 examples were built, most were exported to the USA, Japan, Mexico and Colombia.

The example on display is the prototype airframe of 1985. It was used for static tests and it lacks fabric covering, ailerons and instruments.

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