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Glider – sailplane – rudder – Harold Bradley’s ES 57 Kingfisher

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

Description
Rudder made of wood with fabric covering, painted light green, with registration lettering in white.
Size
1.110 metres high and 0.700 metres wide.
Object Registration
0077
Keywords
australian gliding, glider, sailplane, rudder, schneider, es 57, kingfisher, bradley
Historical information
The exhibit is from the Kingfisher glider (ES 57 - a Schneider design with a single piece high wing) redesigned and built by Harold Bradley about 1970. This is one of several unique gliders that Harold Bradley built or helped to build. With Harry Schneider’s support, Harold Bradley lowered the wing so that it joined the fuselage at the top longeron. The result was much improved visibility for the pilot without any measurable impact on performance. The wing was changed to two piece wing making for more convenient storage and transportation.

The rudder is the only part of the glider that still exists.
When Made
About 1970
Made By
Harold Bradley (Home glider builder)
Significance
To be assessed
Inscriptions & Markings
Registration VH-GLQ
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM