Wichita - Class A/2 glider model. Wingspan 78in.
Quote: "A functional, highly competitive A/2 glider of 78in. wingspan, with a long and successful history... Over the years, Wichita has gone through quite a number of changes some retained, some rejected until it has reached the state of development presented here. Fellow modellers have accused me of not making changes to the design, and flying the same model for season after season. One reason for the fact that I do fly the same models year in, year out, is that unless I lose one they invariably last a long while. I believe that it is quite unnecessary to build new models each season to do well, or to have masses of spares hidden in the box awaiting sacrifice. Nowadays I build about one A/2 a year, plus all necessary repairs and rebuilds of the others, so my stock is about 4-5 models at most. It is very difficult to keep more than this quantity of models in tip-top repair and trim, while it is also highly unlikely that someone will innovate an idea which provides a signifi-cantly better model, making existing aircraft redundant. The Wichita has been developed to compete in all conditions that it is likely to be flown in. Having long since discovered that the three minute glider, for all practical purposes, does not exist, I have tried to achieve a more practical flight average. A 'good' Wichita should be capable of about 2:30 minutes in dead air..."
Wichita, Aeromodeller, April 1976.
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