[Courtesy of Mark Drela, drela "at" mit.edu, October 2003 - web presentation by Tomer Jackman, jackman_tomer "at" EMC.com]
Construction notes are included in the drawings, which you can download as Acrobat v6 PDF documents in the links below. If you need a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html.
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For some of you, Mark Drela needs no introduction... For the others, Mark has held indoor HLG records and innovated in many aspects of HLG design for the indoor crowd. He is a well known aerodynamicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and who has won the world wide recognition for his DLG design in the soaring community.
The SuperGee, a descendent of the family that started with the Apogee, then later on turned into the Allegro, is a high performance Discus Launch Glider (also referred to “Side Arm Launch” – SAL gliders). Following this design came the Aegea 2M and Aegea 3M sailplanes. Some of the features that make this design so unique are Mark’s specifically design airfoils, full span aileron wings, and a careful attention to the discus motion forces that effect the launch characteristics.
Mark launching the SuperGee
Drawings and Construction Notes
The SuperGee is designed for 60” (1.5m) competition tasks. It uses a set of custom-designed airfoils, tuned for the airframe design parameters. Detailed construction notes and target weights are provided in the plans - please pay close attention to these if you wish your SuperGee to have the strength it needs, and the performance it should have!
SuperGee plan (Acrobat PDF)
SuperGee fuselage details (Acrobat PDF)
SuperGee tail shaping data and diagram (Acrobat PDF)
SuperGee spar slot details (Acrobat PDF)
Pod Molding details (Acrobat PDF)
Accurate tip sanding (Acrobat PDF)
Airfoil Coordinates and Polars
Related Construction Notes
Thin airfoils and a long wide aileron on each
wing give this wing it’s three main features: