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Glider – Sailplane –EPB 1 Tailless

From the Collection of Australian Gliding Museum 20 Jensz Road Parwan Victoria

Single seat tailless glider with wing tip rudders. Canopy is missing. The glider is of wood / fabric construction and is unpainted except for primer.
Wing span of 7.6 metres
Object Registration
australian gliding, glider, flying wing, flying plank, home-built, cliff brown, al backstrom, fred hoinville, glidair sailplanes
Historical information
The aircraft was built in 1957 by Cliff Brown. It is an EPB 1, a 26 foot tailless sailplane designed in United States by Al Backstrom, Phil Easley and Jack Powell in 1954 as a simple, cheap, compact craft.
When Made
Made By
Cliff Brown (Home builder from plans)
A small number of single seat gliders of this type were built in Australia in the 1950s. As far as is presently known, the only surviving substantially complete EPB 1s are Cliff Brown’s glider and another held by the RAAF Association at Bull Creek in Western Australia. Unfortunately, no trace exists of the Flying Plank built by Glidair Sailplanes in Sydney and test flown by Fred Hoinville at Moorabbin in 1957.

In addition, a larger two seat derivative (known as the Twin Plank) designed and built by Glidair Sailplanes (completed 1958) is held at the Power House Museum, Castlehill, in Sydney.
Inscriptions & Markings
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM