VJ-23 Rigid Wing Hang Glider

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  1. Dec 2, 2019 #1

    pepper32

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    Hey Everyone!

    Noob aircraft enthusiast, experienced woodworked here. Looking to find more information into the Volmer VJ-23... This seems like the perfect little aircraft to just get started on some hill hops. the dream would be to someday upgrade a build of this to an E-soarer!

    Here is maybe the only video I found that documents any amount of the build process:

    If anyone knows of where I can find plans, or more details about construction/materials/cost/etc, that would be greatly appreciated!

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    Get in contact with the Experimental Soaring Association. They will be a great resource. One of their members will surely have set of VJ-23 plans. I had a set many years ago, it was a pretty simple structure.If you're an experienced woodworker, have a look at the ULF-1 glider, which can achieve "real" local soaring in thermals, and perhaps very short cross-country (cross-county :) ) flights.

    Also, look into the Mitchell Wing, which is another all-wood glider capable ot foot launching,a nd can easily be upgraded to E-soaring or IC-engine self-launch.
     
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    and Carbon Dragon....download plans at the Irish site my signature block. True micro-lift sailplane.
     
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    To achieve true potential of VJ 23 hanger struts need to be extended a little for a seated position.Addition of very lightweight wheel/wheels and an engine pylon on top with a very very light engine.
     
  7. Dec 10, 2019 at 8:12 PM #7

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    Complete plans were published in the april 1973 issue of Mechanix Illustrated. The prototype glider is on the cover.



     
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