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Glider – Sailplane

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

Description
Home built single seat sailplane of wooden construction finished in a light desert sand colour with aboriginal art theme markings.
Object Registration
0201
Keywords
australian gliding, glider, sailplane, woodstock, maupin, davies, garay, woody roo
Historical information
This glider type was designed by Jim Maupin in United States in the 1970s. The prototype first flew in 1978. It is a design intended as suitable for amateur construction using wood (principally Douglas Fir and Birch plywood). It is understood that hundreds of sets of plans have been sold. It is not known how many Woodstocks have been built but there are at least 3 flyable examples in existence in Australia.

Over time the design has been altered increasing the wingspan from 11.9 metres to 12.6 metres and then to 13.1 metres for Types 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Some builders of Woodstock gliders have also made their own changes to the Jim Maupin design.

The construction of the Museum’s Woodstock (a “Woodstock 1”) was commenced by Ken Davies who, due to age related health difficulties, was unable to finish the project. The project was taken over by James Garay and was completed in 2001. It is registered with the Gliding Federation of Australia as GFA/HB123 and allocated letters VH-IKL. It is practically a new aircraft with very few flying hours logged.

VH-IKL differs from the original Woodstock 1 design in one respect in that the rear fuselage has been modified to enable the tailplane to be removed for de-rigging. The Museum holds technical drawings prepared by Ken Davies in relation to this feature of the glider.

James Garay kindly donated VH-IKL to the Australian Gliding Museum in March 2013.
When Made
2001
Made By
Davies / Garay (Maker)
Significance
An example of a successful glider-sailplane design for amateur construction from the 1970s.
Inscriptions & Markings
Marked with registration – VH-IKL
Last updated
17 Aug 2020 at 11:32AM