PS-2 Franklin   

General Details
Manufacturer: Franklin
Plane Name:


Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: U S A
Designer: R. E. Franklin
No. of Seats 1
No. Built 0
L/DMax: 15
MinSink: 0.76 m/s / 2.5 fps / 1.48 kt


Span Area Empty Weight Payload Gross Weight Wing Load Water Ballast
m ft sq.m sq.ft kg lb. kg lb. kg lb. kg
kg lb.
10.98 36 16.72 180 100 220 82 180 182 400 10.88 2.2 0 0
Aspect ratio: 7.2
Structure: wood/fabric wings; steel-tube/fabric fuselage.

The Franklin PS-2 was the 1-26 of the 1930’s and won three of the first four U.S. Championships. It gave a start in soaring to notables such as Richard du pont, Warren Eaton, Floyd Sweet, Stan Smith and many others. The designation PS-2 was coined for the intended function of the glider, a primary and a secondary too. The ship has no spoilers. Several cross-country tow experiments were made with the ship. The long-wing prototype, the Taxaco Eaglet was towed from California to Elmira by Frank Hawks in 1931. That ship is now at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. The 1934 Lustig Skytrain experiment had Jack O’Meara, R.E. Franklin and Stan Smith towed nose to tail behind a towplane, starting in New York, dropping a glider in Philadelphia one in Baltimore and ending in Washington. In a more normal application, Ralph Barnaby directed a U.S. Navy primary flight training experiment in Pensacola, FL using PS-2’s in 1934. The National Soaring Museum has two examples and another (the last of the 6 acquired for the U.S. Navy experiment) belongs to the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, FL.


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