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Rubik R-26SU Góbé 82 | HA-5551 | by Boran Pivcic
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Rubik R-26SU Góbé 82 | HA-5551

An aircraft that can only be found by strolling around small, backwoods airfields. One of several gliders designed by Ernő Rubik - the father of the eponymous professor and inventor of the famed cube - the R-26 is a training two-seater with a 14 meter wingspan, designed and produced in Hungary during the 60s. Considered to be the "Hungarian Blanik" due to its importance and production run (195 made), this design can be seen flying even today, a fact made possible by ample spares and long experience in its operation.

 

Interestingly, even though "formal" manufacture had ended back in the late 60s, the R-26 had returned to production in 1982 - and in a local automobile plant at that, which had started overhauling them a year earlier. Modified to meet European and US standards, this new model would become known as the R-26SU, and would go out of production with 78 completed examples to its name...

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Taken on August 21, 2009