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Sep 14, 2009, 03:19 PM
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SALAMANDRA flies again - 70 years later

Hi Guys

Here you have pictures from test slope flying of the famous prewar design Salamandra. 4 consecutive flights proved crisp controls, slow speeds and the safe comfort of the pilot, allowing him to fly without the glasses commonly used in open cockpit trainers.
Salamandra was a very popular entry level glider before WWII. It has been used in countries like Greece, Turkey, China ( countries not normally aviation oriented), etc.


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Sep 14, 2009, 03:33 PM
SG Talon... Super Genius.
ZM That is a beautiful plane!

Did you build it from plans or did you find it and rebuild it? What kind of performance do you get out of it?

It looks like that would be an easy plane to build with modern materials and improve performance! And that space between the tail booms would be perfect for a small electric motor!
Sep 14, 2009, 03:40 PM
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Too cool - beautiful airplane!

Sep 14, 2009, 05:26 PM
No, you can't fly it.
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That is so cool! Looks like great fun to fly..
Sep 14, 2009, 05:28 PM
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Any video footage????
Sep 14, 2009, 05:55 PM
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Where did you get the plans for it?
Sep 14, 2009, 06:17 PM
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Nice! Where did you fly it? Where was it designed and built? (I don't speak German),, :-(
Sep 14, 2009, 07:53 PM
That is a beautiful bird. I would love to get my hands on some plans.
Sep 14, 2009, 08:23 PM
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Actually I do carry precision drawings of Salamandra authored by Marian Gibas. Drawings are based on the full scale aircraft and are beautifully laid out on A1 size blueprint paper. They are not free and require you to sign a written agreement stating you have no intention of using the blueprints in commercial enterprise. I should have some extra copies available soon.


The site you see in the pictures is the Polish Wasserkippe - Bezmiechowa.
Site own by Politechnika Rzeszowska-Aviation Institute ( My Alma Matter)
I have presented this site in many occasion on this forum. Extraordinary place to fly.
Sep 15, 2009, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Smyk
...Salamandra was a very popular entry level glider before WWII. It has been used in countries like Greece, Turkey, China ( countries not normally aviation oriented), etc.
Wonderful and clever design!

I always admire this glider and now it can be seen in COLOR!!! Thanks!
It would be awesome, to see some video shots on youtube!

Salamandra was used also in pre war era in my country, Slovenia.

Here are two photos of this glider from a book Aviation and Slovenes, where Salamandra fly from slopes of Bloke, our first gliding center, established in 1934 already..

Third photo was taken near my home village, where an aeroclub was established before WW2.

I attach also a 3 view drawing that can serev some RC model scratchbuilders as a base for making a RC model.

I hope, you endorse my attachments.

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Sep 16, 2009, 05:23 AM
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How did you launch it?

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Sep 16, 2009, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Jimbello
How did you launch it?

Don't you see rubber cords hooked up to the nose?

2-4 people to each cord and OFF the hill we go.. like old days

Sep 16, 2009, 12:12 PM
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Alex, Ekilo..... PM me , I have plans of Salamandra .

May 30, 2010, 09:51 PM
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The pull pull cables for the elevator appear to go to the bottom of the horizontal stab. Can you explain to me how they can give up and down to the elevator. Are they connected to a bellcrank of some form inside the fin, such as a wheel, or what?

Thank you ... Fred

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