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The Glasair I, originally built as the prototype Glasair TD taildragger, is a high-performance homebuilt aircraft built of fiberglass. Created by Tom Hamilton as a fast, two-seat kitplane, the Glasair TD was derived from the earlier Tom Hamilton Glasair and first flew in 1979. Hamilton formed Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft that year to produce and market the kit, which was the first pre-molded composite aircraft available to builders.

Glasair I
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Role amateur-built kit airplane
Manufacturer Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft
Glasair Aviation
First flight 1979
Introduction 1980
Number built 807[1]
Glasair I TD (modified with non-standard dorsal fin)
Glasair I. EAA AirVenture 2011

Specifications (Glasair 1 )Edit

Data from Pilot Friend[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Wing area: 81.3 sq ft (7.55 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,368 lb (621 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,200 lb (998 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 61.4 US gallons (232 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360 A1B four cylinder, horizontally opposed, four stroke aircraft engine, 200 hp (150 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Hoffmann VP with wood blades

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 260 mph (420 km/h, 230 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 201 mph (324 km/h, 175 kn)
  • Stall speed: 65 mph (105 km/h, 56 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 260 mph (420 km/h, 230 kn)
  • Range: 1,177 mi (1,894 km, 1,023 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 27.06 lb/sq ft (132.1 kg/m2)

ReferencesEdit

  Media related to Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Bud Daviddson (May 2014). "35 Years of Fast Glas". Sport Aviation: 53.
  2. ^ Pilot Friend - Glasair 1