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Mead Primary Glider Replica

 

Mead Primary Glider Replica

Gift of the Morris Ertman Estate

Many aspiring aviators of the 1920's and 1930's learned piloting fundamentals by flying gliders like this replica of a Mead Primary Glider, built in 1979. A former Hartford Glider Club member, who in 1930 helped build and fly the original at Brainard Airport in Hartford, supervised the project. Developed from a Rhon Ranger, a European design, this basic lightweight craft could be launched from a hill or towed by an automobile to an altitude of more than 500 feet.

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Specifications

Length: 20'
Wingspan: 31'
Empty Weight: 200 lbs.
Year: 1979
Location: Civilian Hangar

 


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