Slingsby Kirby Cadet

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T.7 Kirby Cadet
Slingsby Cadet at Yorkshire Air Museum (8344).jpg
Role Training glider
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Slingsby
First flight 1935
Number built 376
Variants Cadet UT-1

The Slingsby T.7 Kirby Cadet is a British training glider designed and built by Slingsby that first flew in 1935 and saw service with the Royal Air Force for use by the Air Training Corps as the Cadet TX.1 throughout the 1950, 1960s and 1970s.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The T.7 was developed to specification 20/43 from the civilian Kirby Kadet to meet an Air Ministry requirement for a training glider as part of the air cadet programme, and it entered service as the Cadet TX.1 with the Royal Air Force. It was further developed with a change of wing into the T.8 Kirby Tutor (service name Cadet TX.2) which in turn was developed into a two-seat version the T.31B Tandem Tutor (service name Cadet TX.3). One saw service in SLAF from 1957-1959.

Operators[edit]

 United Kingdom

Former Operators[edit]

 Sri Lanka

Specifications[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 20 ft 10.6 in (6.364 m) (later production)
  • Wingspan: 41.7 ft (12.7 m)
  • Wing area: 170 sq ft (15.8 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 8.67
  • Airfoil: Göttingen 426
  • Empty weight: 297 lb (134.5 kg)
  • Gross weight: 513 lb (232.7 kg)

Performance

  • Wing loading: 3.0 lb/sq ft (14.7 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Related development

Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ RAF Museum, Hendon
  2. ^ Simons, Martin (1996). Slingsby Sailplanes. Shrewsbury: Aerospace Publishing. pp. 52–59. ISBN 1 85310 732 8.

References[edit]

  • Simons, Martin (1996). Slingsby Sailplanes. Shrewsbury: Aerospace Publishing. pp. 52–59. ISBN 1 85310 732 8.

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