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Glider - Sailplane

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

Description
Single seat sailplane of mainly wood construction (some plastic elements) finished in white with green detailing.
Object Registration
0213
Keywords
australian gliding, glider, sailplane, szd-30, pirat, mcmaster, alice springs, rockhampton
Historical information
The SZD-30 Pirat was designed by Jerzy Smielkiewicz and first flew in 1966. Over 700 have been produced.

The example registered as VH-GYN which was donated to the Australian Gliding Museum by Alan McMaster is one of two that have come to Australia. It carries serial number B-333 and was imported as a new aircraft which was test flown on 29 August 1970. During its logged flying life (last entry 15 April 1990) it was operated in the Northern Territory and Queensland and passed through a number of owners before Alan McMaster at Rockhampton; initially the Alice Springs Gliding Club and then individuals at Charleville and Yeronga in South Brisbane. The aircraft flew 1909 hours from 2073 launches. The log discloses numerous silver distance and duration achievements.
Made By
SZD (Szybowcowy Zakład Doświadczalny) – “Glider Experimental Works” (Maker)
Significance
The Museum's Pirat sailplane is an example of this popular Polish sailplane type and is indicative of the state of sailplane design in the 1960s.
Inscriptions & Markings
Sailplane serial number B-333 and registration “YN”
Last updated
17 Aug 2020 at 4:31PM