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Comet - AYA-1 Glider
Comet - AYA-1 Glider

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Comet - AYA-1 Glider
Description: The Comet AYA-1 glider was the first kit in the “Air Youth of America” series produced by Comet Models around 1940. I built my first AYA-1 glider back in around 1994, and despite its short tail moment, it flew very well. I took it out to a local park on a nice calm and sunny day, and I threw it several times. No matter how poorly I launched it, it would transition beautifully into a nice circular glide. A boy of around 10 years old saw me throwing the glider and I soon had him throwing the glider better than I could. After about an hour of throwing that glider, he told me that he had to go home for lunch and started to hand it back to me. I told him that the glider was now his to keep. He looked surprised, smiled, and thanked me before running off for home. I often wonder whatever happened to that kid.

I added to the plan a flat pattern for the wing and some thickness dimensions for the wing, body, elevator (stab) and rudder. The body should be made from 9 to 12 pound per cubic foot density balsa. The wing and tail parts (rudder and elevator) should be made from 5 to 8 pound per cubic foot density balsa. You can glue heavy carpet thread to the wing leading edge for “ding” protection. If you don’t have the arm strength to chuck a glider, you can modify it into a catapult glider by adding a hook near the nose of the glider and extending the back end of the body 3/4” for a hand hold. Oh, and by the way, watch out for those thermals!
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Date: 01.18.2023 17:23
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