Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II

The Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II is an American amateur-built aircraft that was designed by Tom Hamilton and produced by Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft and later Glasair Aviation as a kit for amateur construction. It was first flown in 1989, and remained in production in 2012.[1][2][3]

Glasair II
Glasair Super II FT
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft
Glasair Aviation
Designer Tom Hamilton
First flight 1989
Status In production (2012)
Number built 1200 (2012)[1]
Unit cost
US$47,094 (2012 kit, less engine, paint, avionics, instruments, upholstery and propeller)
Developed from Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair I
Variants Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III

Design and developmentEdit

A development of the earlier Glasair I, the Glasair II features a cantilever low-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit accessed via gull-winged doors, fixed or retractable tricycle landing gear or fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2][3]

The Glasair II was designed to FAR Part 23 standards and was extensively tested. Its wing has been tested to +10.5g. As indicated by its name, the aircraft is made from fiberglass. Its 23.3 ft (7.1 m) span wing employs a NASA GA(W)-2 airfoil. The wings have an area of 81.3 sq ft (7.55 m2) and mount flaps. The acceptable power range for the Super II RG or Super II FT versions is 160 to 210 hp (119 to 157 kW), with the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 four-stroke powerplant a commonly used engine.[1][2][3][4][5]

The manufacturer estimates construction time for the Super II RG or Super II FT versions as 3000 hours.[1]

The Glasair II was later developed into the Glasair III.[1]

Operational historyEdit

By December 2011 there were 1200 examples reported completed and flying making it one of the most successful two seat kit aircraft ever designed.[1][5]


Glasair II-S
Glasair II-S
12 in (30 cm) stretch
Glasair Super II FT
Glasair Super II FT
Fixed tricycle landing gear version, in production in 2011.[1][3]
Glasair RG
Glasair Super II RG
Retractable tricycle landing gear version, in production in 2011.[1][3]
Glasair Super II TD
Fixed taildragger landing gear version, in production in 1998, but production presently completed.[2][3]

Specifications (Glasair Super II RG)Edit

Data from Kitplanes[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 20.8 ft (6.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 23.3 ft (7.1 m)
  • Wing area: 81.3 sq ft (7.55 m2)
  • Airfoil: NASA GA(W)-2
  • Empty weight: 1,400 lb (635 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,100 lb (953 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 70 U.S. gallons (260 L; 58 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed constant speed propeller


  • Cruise speed: 221 mph (356 km/h, 192 kn)
  • Stall speed: 73 mph (117 km/h, 63 kn)
  • Range: 1,750 mi (2,820 km, 1,520 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 2,700 ft/min (14 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 25.8 lb/sq ft (126 kg/m2)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 55. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 68. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c d e f Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 261. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  4. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 183. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X

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