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Baker-McMillen Cadet


The Cadet was designed in 1929 by Dr. Frank R. Gross, a former member of the Akaflieg Darmstadt, as an improvement offering some soaring capability over the existing primary gliders. Built of steel tube fuselage, wood dual spar/ dual strut wing, wire braced wood tail, all fabric covered. Jack O’Meara, a demonstration pilot for Baker McMillen, flew a Cadet off South Mountain at Elmira, NY for 1 hour and 38 minutes in the summer of 1930 starting what was to become Harris Hill as the home of American gliding. One Cadet even flew on twin floats, and three of them (along with a Sky Gost, another Gross design) were towed at on time by a Goodyear Blimp over Akron, OH. One remained airworthy in the 1990s.

Wing Span: 11.43m / 37.5ft
Wing Area: 15.05sq.m / 162sq.ft
Empty Weight: 104kg / 230lb
Payload: 82kg / 180lb
Gross Weight: 186kg / 410lb
Wing Load: 12.36kg/sq.m / 3.1 lb/sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 8.7
Seats: 1
L/DMax: 20
MinSink: 0.97 m/s / 3.2 fps / 1.90 kt



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