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Old May 09, 2006, 10:28 PM
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SupraCon spotted at local contest.

I saw this recently at a local TD contest.

Very sweet flying ship and it just looks 'Right'.


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Old May 15, 2006, 10:52 PM
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so its like an icon wing on a supra fuse, or what?
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Old May 16, 2006, 11:10 AM
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Yes, it is an Icon 'Lite' wing on a Supra fuselge.

I have'nt had a chance to fly it yet but with any luck I soon will. (I hope).

Watching the SupraCon and Supra Lite fly in the same air I would go for the hybrid SupraCon and the fellow who put this together and who owns both agrees.

Putting Joe W. and Dr. D. together in the air makes a ton of sense.


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Old May 17, 2006, 02:32 AM
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uhhh what is a supra lite?!? lemme guess the icon fuse with a supra wing...

can I ask the question - how does either "mongrel" - ooops! hybrid - compare to the original "pure breed" designs??
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Old May 17, 2006, 11:08 AM
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A SupraLite is a moulded Supra with an extremely lite layup that is more in keeping with Dr. Drela's original intent.

I have'nt flown the hybrid but IMO it is most likely the best of both worlds in that the Icon wing is mated to a very lite and slippery Supra fuselage.

That being said I have flown both the regular Supra and the Icon (not owned them though) and I prefer the Icon over the Supra.

The Icon feels more locked in and carvy to me, less of a gasbag I guess and I have seen Supra's written off by impacts that an Icon (or my own design bagged gliders) would most likely have shrugged off or survived with little damage to fly again. There is something about flying a slightly heavier but more bullet proof sailplane that gives me more confidence to hang it out when nessecary, no nagging worry about breaking something in the back of ones mind.

The Supra is an amazing glider no two ways about it but IMO it is not the be all end all.


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Old May 17, 2006, 07:44 PM
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Is the SupraLite a Vladimir's Models/Kennedy product or something else?

I'm planning on building a bagged Supra in the not too distant future. Hopefully a Supra built to the original spec will be more resilient than your comments suggest the molded versions are.
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